Our Mission

The MPQC is a cooperative voluntary program involving Massachusetts maternity facilities and key perinatal stakeholders, designed to promote the sharing of best practices of care.
 
Success will be based on outcome measures generated from individual healthcare facilities and state agencies.

 

Thank You for Attending the 2016 MPQC Summit!

 

Perinatal Morbidity in Massachusetts: Improvement Strategies and Results

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

 

The teaching/learning objectives for the Summit:

  1. Understand the Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality data profile in Massachusetts.
  2. Review the MPNQC Quality Improvement Initiatives.
  3. Report on goals achieved and work underway, acknowledging those who have contributed.
  4. Introduce the clinical foundation for new work in the Severe Maternal Morbidity project, ie Pregnancy Related Hypertension.
  5. Introduce persistent perinatal problems contributing to maternal morbidity and mortality and explore the contributing clinical and social factors.
  6. Promote collaboration and partnerships to achieve the goals of the MPNQC, DPH and perinatal health advocacy groups.
  7. Appreciate the public’s perspective on perinatal health through public media and social networks.
  8. Identify resources for continued perinatal quality improvement.

 

Continuing Education

 

4.5 hours of continuing education will be available for Nurses (RNs and LPNs).

 

The Zika Virus and Microcephaly- What you need to know?

The possible link between a mosquito carrying the Zika virus and an increase in babies born with microcephaly, a birth defect, is being investigated in Brazil.

 

According to the CDC: “Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries. In December 2015, Puerto Rico reported its first confirmed Zika virus case. Locally transmitted Zika has not been reported elsewhere in the United States, but cases of Zika have been reported in returning travelers.”

 

There is no cure for the Zika virus. If you are pregnant and have been to an affected area, watch for signs of the virus and seek the advice of your prenatal health care provider. Symptoms include fever with muscle or eye pain, and a possible rash during the next two weeks.

 

Full March of Dimes story here.

 

http://www.marchofdimes.org/zika -English Articles/Blog Updates

http://www.nacersano.org/zika - Spanish Articles/Blog Updates

 

CDC on Zika Virus here.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Guidance on Zika Virus
DPH Zika Advisory 1-21-2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [71.3 KB]
What Clinicians need to Know on Zika Virus
01_26_16_zika.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.0 MB]

Fewer Babies Born Before Full Term

"Efforts by hospitals and government officials to decrease the percentage of babies born before full term appear to be paying off in Massachusetts and nationwide, according to a new report.

 

Last year, Massachusetts hospitals performed just over 1 percent of their deliveries on average as early elective deliveries, via scheduled induced deliveries or cesarean sections for no medical reason, before 39 weeks, compared with a statewide rate of 15 percent in 2010."

 

Read the full story here.

Website Administrator

Jack Mourad

Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative

 

112 Turnpike Rd
Suite 300
Westborough, MA 01581

(508) 329-2807

Jmourad@marchofdimes.org

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