NQF Endorses Perinatal Measures – National Quality Forum [US] – 2 April 2012

Posted on April 10, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Obstetrics | Tags: |

NQF Endorses Perinatal Measures – National Quality Forum [US] – 2 April 2012

…”the National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has approved for endorsement 14 quality measures on perinatal care. The measures address a wide range of care concerns, including childbirth, pregnancy and post-partum care, and newborn care.”

For this project, NQF endorsed measures related to elective delivery, episiotomy, and caesarean section rates, as well as prophylactic antibiotic rates for women undergoing cesarean sections. NQF also endorsed measures dealing with hepatitis B vaccination rates for newborns, neonatal bloodstream infection rates, and exclusive breastfeeding rates during hospitalization. In all, 22 measures were evaluated against NQF’s endorsement criteria by a panel of providers, measurement experts, and consumer representatives; 14 measures were endorsed.”

Endorsed Measures

0469: PC-01 Elective Delivery (Joint Commission)
0470: Incidence of Episiotomy (Christiana Care Health System)
0471: PC-02 Cesarean Section (Joint Commission)
0472: Appropriate Prophylactic Antibiotic Received Within One Hour Prior to Surgical Incision– Cesarean Section (Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Health Care System)
0473: Appropriate DVT Prophylaxis in Women Undergoing Cesarean Delivery (Hospital Corporation of America)
0475: Hepatitis B Vaccine Coverage Among All Live Newborn Infants Prior to Hospital or Birthing Facility Discharge (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
0476: PC-03 Antenatal Steroids (Joint Commission)
1746: Intrapartum Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) (Massachusetts General Hospital)
0477: Under 1500g infant Not Delivered at Appropriate Level of Care (California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative)
0478: Neonatal Blood Stream Infection Rate (NQI #3) (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
1731: Health Care-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Newborns (Joint Commission)
0304: Late Sepsis or Meningitis in Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) Neonates (risk-adjusted) (Vermont Oxford Network)
0480: PC-05 Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding (Joint Commission)
0483: Proportion of Infants 22 to 29 Weeks Gestation Screened for Retinopathy of Prematurity (Vermont Oxford Network)

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