EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — For the fifth consecutive year, the nurse-midwife group in OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has won the Triple Aim Best Practice Award. This award recognizes practices that meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s triple aim of improving patient experiences and the health of populations while reducing care costs. This is demonstrated by high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth, low cesarean rates and fiscal variable reporting.
“Every year, the American College of Nurse-Midwives asks midwife groups to submit benchmarking data as a reference tool to keep track of quality care improvements,” says Heidi Carter, a certified nurse-midwife who manages this data. ”Data consists of how many midwives the hospital has, how many babies are born, how many births are cesarean births, how many babies are breastfed and more. There are about 20 different statistics that the American College of Nurse-Midwives keeps track of, and we can trend them over a few years.”
Midwife groups who meet the set standard quality of care based off their submitted data are awarded each year.
One of the pushes across the U.S. is to increase vaginal births versus cesarean births.
“The group of nurse-midwives and obstetricians in Eau Claire are phenomenal,” Carter says. “The national cesarean birth rate is 33%, and we have kept our collective rate of cesarean births down to approximately 21%. The Nurse-Midwife group’s cesarean rate is only 7% for the year of 2018.”
Carter says the staff of Mayo Clinic Health System’s nurse-midwife group work hard to provide the best care for patients.
“We do a lot of quality improvement as a group,” Carter says. “We keep up with our research to guarantee that we’re delivering evidence-based care, and we conduct case study reviews to discuss how we would treat every single patient. Everyone on this team is on the same page to ensure patient trust. We all give the same advice.”
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