FPQC Engages Hospitals to Address Maternal Quality Improvement


The Terry Conference Center at Jacksonville’s St. Vincent’s Medical Center was the site of two regional maternal health trainings on June 20 sponsored by the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC).

In the morning, Dr. Karen Harris, Chair of ACOG District XII, and Betsy Wood, nurse consultant for the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, presented clinical updates on hypertension in pregnancy, including an overview of the problem, treating severe hypertensive events, magnesium sulfate safety, and patient education.  The ACOG hypertension in pregnancy (HIP) safety bundle was presented and tips and suggestions from the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s HIP Initiative were reviewed. A planning session allowed the participants to brainstorm how to implement the bundle in their institution.

St Vincent’s Medical Center also hosted an afternoon training session focusing on obstetric hemorrhage. Dr. Harris reviewed the clinical recommendations regarding obstetric hemorrhage, including the scope of the problem, OB hemorrhage risk assessment, quantifying blood loss, massive transfusion protocol, active management of the third stage of labor and the ACOG safety bundle for OB hemorrhage. Close collaboration with other departments in the hospital, getting early buy in from physicians and administration, and the importance of ongoing communication during implementation was emphasized. A brainstorming session allowed some individual implementation planning.

More than 40 participants attended the morning session and over 50 attended in the afternoon. Physicians and nurses from hospitals throughout north and central Florida attended, including all three locations of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, UF Health Jacksonville, Parrish Medical Center, Health First – Cape Canaveral Hospital, Putnam Community Hospital, Lakeland Regional Hospital, and Florida Hospital Deland.

Comments from the trainings included:

  • “This was a great presentation, very informative and educational.”
  • “Thank you for the framework for getting started with the HIP protocol.”
  • (I learned) “The importance of bringing everyone in on the first meeting and doing monthly drills and making them simple.”

The FPQC is interested in hosting future maternal and infant focused workshops at hospitals not currently involved in an FPQC initiative.  If your hospital is interested, please contact us at fpqc@health.usf.edu

For more information on the FPQC, visit FPQC.org.