Obstetrics: Severe Maternal Hypertension

Severe Maternal Hypertension is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. The MSPQC Severe Maternal Hypertension project aims to equip every birthing facility and emergency department with the tools necessary to promptly and effectively manage cases of severe maternal hypertension and maximize outcomes for mothers and infants.

The MSPQC Severe Maternal Hypertension planning team has adapted the toolkit originally developed by the ACOG District II Safe Motherhood Initiative. This toolkit provides specific guidance about the management of severe maternal hypertension in the antepartum and postpartum periods through treatment algorithms and checklists.

The toolkit is available to all participating hospitals along with training on its use and implementation.

Objective: To reduce maternal morbidity and mortality from severe hypertension through the implementation of evidence-based strategies in patient diagnosis and management across all obstetric units in Mississippi.

Project Leaders: James N. Martin, MD, Charlene Collier MD, MPH

Webinar Series:

#1- 1/26/16 Prevention Strategies for Preeclamspia,  James N. Martin Jr, MD, FACOG, FRCOG

#2 – 2/23/16 Stroke and Severe Maternal Hypertension, James N. Martin Jr, MD, FACOG, FRCOG

#3, 3/22/16, Eclampsia, The Essentials,  James N. Martin Jr, MD, FACOG, FRCOG

#4 Conservative Management of Preeclampsia, Michelle Y. Owens, MD, MS, FACOG

#5 Implementation of Severe Maternal Hypertension Toolkit, Susan R. Saunders, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, Rush Health Systems, Meridian, MS

# 6, 6/21/16, Management of Preeclampsia Post Partum- Dr. Jim Martin

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#7, 7/26/16, Management of Chronic Hypertension in Pregnancy – Dr. J. Martin Tucker

#8, 8/9/16, Long-Term Consequences of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy on Maternal Health- Dr. Jim Martin

#9 8/23/2016, HELLP Syndrome- Dr. Justin Brewer

#10 9/27/2016, Accurate Measurement of Blood Pressure Review- Dr. Charlene Collier

Severe Maternal Hypertension Upcoming Webinars:

To register click link: : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3421009859572440322
Webinar ID: 146-469-067

Next Webinar: Oct 25th, 2016- Preeclampsia Foundation, Mental Health Impact of Preeclampsia & Post Traumatic Stress among Survivors


AIM eModules

The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program is pleased to announce and share its series of AIM eModules. The AIM eModules have been designed to be interactive and collaborative. Upcoming AIM eModules will focus on the implementation of the ‘4 R’ domains: Readiness, Recognition, Response, and Reporting of each maternal safety bundle. The first 5 modules address patient safety bundles and Severe Maternal Hypertension. MSPQC recommends that these e-modules be used for universal obstetric staff training.



ACOG District II Educational Video Series- 1.5 Free CME Available ! SMI Educational Video Series

MSPQC Obstetric Toolkit Implementation Checklist_w_timeline_2015


Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare

ACOG District II Safe Motherhood Initiative

California Maternal Quality Collaborative Preeclampsia Toolkit