This modified early obstetric warning score chart is available in a downloadable PDF to be adapted and adopted in other settings, either an intensive care or other secondary or tertiary care settings.
Providing equity of critical and maternity care for the critically ill pregnant or recently pregnant woman
This document summarises all relevant safety standards in the area of critical care for the pregnant or recently pregnant women. These recommendations are applicable to either a specialised maternity care or general critical care unit. This document was particularly created in response to a recognition that there are still significant deaths associated with suboptimal care and that this mortality is higher amongst ethnic minority groups.
This proposal paper examines the limitations of existing track and trigger systems for deteriorating maternity patients and sets out guidance for creating a system wide obstetric early warning system.
This Health Foundation Snapshot report offers a set of brief case studies examining how three trusts have worked to improve communication and handovers in their maternity units. The report identifies key actions that can be taken and distils key lessons learnt. The approaches discussed include implementing standardised communication practices such as the 'SBAR' approach, daily briefings, briefings prior to elective caesarean sections along with debriefings afterwards.
This journal article reviews seven studies that examined the leadership and team factors that support safe and effective maternity care. It provides a synthesis of the key attributes of safe leadership and teamwork, concluding that leaders with capability and experience on the front line have a greater impact than leaders that hold formal roles of seniority.