Today’s Open Thread is brought to you by the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist, which the Harvard School of Public Health will be testing in India, thanks to a $14.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will pay for the “BetterBirth” trial, led by Atul Gawande and Jonathon Spector, at hospitals in India, with hopes that the Checklist will improve infant and maternal mortality in the area.
“The one-page checklist features “pause points,” natural break points in the flow of clinical care when the medical team confirms that essential tasks have been performed. The checklist program targets the major killers of mothers and babies worldwide. For mothers, those include bleeding, infection, elevated blood pressure, and prolonged or obstructed labor. For babies, it’s asphyxia, infection, and complications of prematurity.
The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist program is based on the success of WHO’s Safe Surgery Checklist. Beginning in 2007, under Gawande’s leadership, HSPH and WHO developed a 19-item checklist that reduced surgery-related deaths and complications by more than one-third at eight pilot sites around the globe. Independent researchers have confirmed the dramatic effectiveness of the approach.”
So…what’s going on ladies and gents?