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New Joint Commission Standards Address Rising Maternal Mortality in US

To help improve the United States ranking (65th) among industrialized nations in terms of maternal mortality and lessen instances of maternal death and/or morbidity, the Joint Commission has introduced two new standards, effective July 1, 2020, to address complications in the areas of maternal hemorrhage and severe hypertension/preeclampsia. 

The new standards will appear under the Provision of Care, Treatment and Services (PC) chapter at PC.06.01.01 and PC.06.01.03 in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals. The standards address prevention, early recognition, and timely treatment of maternal hemorrhage and severe hypertension/preeclampsia.

USA TODAY writes the Joint Commission’s executive vice president for health care quality evaluation credited a USA TODAY investigation with pushing the safety standards forward, saying the two-year Deadly Deliveries series “helped to open up all of our eyes to the magnitude of the problem.”   

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