Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HPD's) are a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Nearly 60% of the associated complications from maternal hypertension are preventable with the implementation of maternal safety bundles aimed at improving the recognition and prompt treatment of severe hypertension.
Nebraska is a proud member of the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). AIM is a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative based on proven implementation approaches to improving maternal safety and outcomes in the U.S. AIM’s goal is to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the United States.
NPQIC launched the severe maternal hypertension initiative in April 2019 with 28 hospital teams participating. Hospital teams are working to improve outcomes through increased use of appropriate medical management of severe hypertension, debriefs, and discharge education and follow-up with new onset severe maternal hypertension cases.
Maternal Hypertension Resources
ACOG Practice Bulletin #203: Chronic Hypertension in Pregnancy
ACOG Practice Bulletin #222: Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia
SMFM Special Statement (Feb 2022): A Quality Metric for Evaluating Timely Treatment of Severe Hypertension
Emergency Department — Postpartum Preeclampsia Checklist
Practicing for Patients Obstetric In-Situ Drill Program
Provider and Nursing Education
NEW: Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy Education Module, (12/2022)
Emergency Department Resources
ACOG: Emergency Department - Postpartum Preeclampsia Checklist (January, 2019)