The Perinatal Patient Safety Nurse: A New Role to Promote Safe Care for Mothers and Babies

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Abstract

Medical malpractice premiums and costs of obstetric claims, settlements, and jury awards are at an all-time high. This article describes one professional liability company's initiative to promote safer perinatal care and decrease costs of claims, including the development of the perinatal patient safety nurse role. The primary responsibility of the perinatal patient safety nurse is to promote safe care for mothers and babies by keeping patient safety as a focus of all unit operations and clinical practices. JOGNN, 35, 417-423; 2006. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2006.00057.x

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