May 14, 2008

Hospitals, Experts Collaborate To Eliminate Preventable Birth Injuries

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Premier healthcare alliance today announced a 21-month national collaborative designed to achieve the consistent delivery of evidence-based care with the goal of eliminating preventable birth-related injuries and deaths.

The Premier Perinatal Safety Initiative is comprised of 16 of the country's leading hospitals, representing 12 states, in which approximately 115,000 babies will be delivered over the course of the collaborative. The initiative seeks to significantly lower the incidence of certain infrequent though serious injuries that could result in birth asphyxia, cerebral palsy or permanent neurologic disability.

Infants in the United States experience close to three birth injuries for every 1,000 births, many of which are preventable, and the U.S. ranks near the bottom of industrialized nations in infant mortality, said Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., co-founder and co-chair, Congressional Caucus on Infant Health and Safety. We are hopeful that this study will help identify best practices and help share them across all hospitals so as to reduce harm to infants and mothers.

Read the entire announcement: Leading Hospitals, Healthcare Experts Collaborate to Eliminate Preventable Birth Injuries...

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