On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the hospital teams from around the state participating in the FPQC Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) Initiative came together in Orlando for a one-day mid-project meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to review the progress the teams are making in implementing the Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy bundle from the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) in their facilities, ask questions, learn from each other, and celebrate successes and accomplishments achieved during the first year of the project. In addition, the meeting served to re-energize and refocus their efforts for the remaining months of project implementation.
A highlight of the morning was a presentation and question and answer session with Dr. Maurice Druzin and Nancy Peterson from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative discussing the impressive results of their HIP initiative. Expanding on the success of a previous mid-project meeting, round robin small group sessions focused on gathering input regarding the challenges and solutions in various HIP issues including: patient education, emergency department collaboration, debriefing sessions, physician engagement and treatment within one hour. Each session was moderated by a member of the advisory committee and was very interactive. The participants reported being encouraged by hearing others sharing similar challenges and excited about the solutions offered. All participants rotated through the five sessions so everyone was able to describe challenges and share solutions for each of the topics.
The afternoon included a learning and practice session on the Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycles which helped the teams identify and measure possible next steps in their quality journey. Participants noted that the “explanation of the PDSA was excellent”, and “spending time in a quality improvement project idea and walking through different ways to implement change” was new information that they plan to apply at their hospital.
Interacting with other HIP teams, learning new and innovative ideas, as well as getting the chance to brainstorm within teams using new techniques and ideas proved to be the foundation of a very successful mid-project meeting.
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) has approved Florida’s Hypertension in Pregnancy Initiative for maintenance of certification credit for physicians.