REACT: An Interprofessional Education and Safety Program to Recognize and Manage the Compromised Obstetric Patient

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of pregnancies complicated by preexisting medical conditions as well as an increase in maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. The goal of the REACT quality and safety initiative was to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality by providing an interprofessional education program for recognizing and managing the woman who becomes compromised during pregnancy, childbirth, or the puerperium. REACT is an acronym for Recognize, Educate, Activate, Communicate, and Treat early signs and symptoms of maternal compromise. Early signs and symptoms of maternal compromise outlined in the REACT program are similar to recently published recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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