Strong link between comprehensive obstetric patient safety program and dramatic reduction in liability claims

According to a recent publication in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, when Yale School of Medicine implemented a comprehensive obstetric patient safety initiative, they saw a dramatic drop in their liability payments by 95%. Yale School of Medicine researchers found “a strong association between introduction of a comprehensive obstetric patient safety initiative and a dramatic reduction in liability claims and liability payments.” The research estimated a 95% reduction in direct liability payments and a savings of $48.5 million over a 5-year period.

Most importantly, the study concludes, “A reduction in liability claims is likely a hallmark of an environment with improved quality [of care].” The study goes on to state that combining the results of this study and previous studies suggests a direct causal relationship between improved quality of care, patient safety, and medical malpractice lawsuits.”

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