Maternal Mortality Review Committee Established: A Big Win for Patient Safety

On April 1st, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that provides funding for the establishment of a maternal mortality review committee. This committee will be comprised of local obstetrical provider-volunteers and will go over de-identified data from every maternal death Washington State. This data will be used to identify patterns and formulate recommendations regarding educational priorities and possible changes in practice. Establishment of similar committees in other states has resulted in cutting maternal death rates by as much as 50%.