Peripartum Hypertensive Crisis Simulation and Education Initiative among Rural Emergency Departments
The goal of this study was to determine whether the introduction of hypertensive bundles through simulation and education would result in the timely assessment and treatment of a simulated patient in a peripartum hypertensive
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Maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States continue to rise, and hypertension remains a major contributor to maternal deaths despite advances in healthcare. In addition, approximately 60% of pregnancy-related deaths from 2011 through 2015 were considered preventable. Pregnant non-Hispanic Black women have experienced the highest increase in pregnancy-related deaths in the last several years, with lack of access to care being a major contributor. Prompt recognition and treatment of hypertension in the peripartum period improves patient outcomes by decreasing the risks of maternal morbidity and mortality. The goal of this study was to determine whether the introduction of hypertensive bundles through simulation and education would result in the timely assessment and treatment of a simulated patient in a peripartum hypertensive crisis. At the conclusion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:
- Recognize that education in bundled peripartum hypertension care may improve patient outcomes by decreasing hypertension-related maternal morbidity and mortality;
- Recognize that the use of standardized, evidence-based protocols or bundles reduces adverse pregnancy outcomes.
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Julie R. Whittington, MD, USN
Ann Marie Mercier, MD
Abigail M. Ramseyer, DO
Songthip Ounpraseuth, PhD
Everett F. Magann, MD
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Steven T. Baldwin, MD, SMJ Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor
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