Our hearts and thoughts go out to all the medical professionals who are working through personal hardship and risk to care for the people of our state.
Please know that all of our programs continue to operate and provide full, uninterrupted support to you, our members and partners. We know that the attention of many of you is focused on urgent matters related to this healthcare crisis and we will continue to support you in any way we can. One of the ways we are supporting our healthcare community is by hosting the Washington Healthcare Forum COVID-19 Work Groups.
Information on the status of our Annual Meetings and events will be provided as those decisions are made. Should you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us directly by phone or email at any time – and below on the page are links to several healthcare professional and patient COVID-19 resources and protocols which we hope are helpful.
OB COAP is a collaborative quality improvement program helping obstetrical care providers deliver optimum care to the childbearing people and the babies they take care of.
Following a long-standing successful model of clinician-led, data-driven quality improvement established under the Foundation for Health Care Quality, OB COAP utilizes clinical data from the medical record to evaluate the care given to pregnant persons during labor, delivery and the postpartum period as the basis for exploring actionable and sustainable improvements.
OB COAP is open to any site delivering babies. Current participants include hospitals of all sizes and neonatal/maternal level of care in urban, suburban and rural locations, as well as community births planned in home or birth centers. The data collected allows for analysis of provider-specific decisions during labor, delivery and postpartum; the impact of factors such as patient risk, gynecological history, clinician type and environment on outcomes; and balancing measures that evaluate both the intended and unintended effects of changes in practice.
The Foundation for Health Care Quality is a non-profit organization and participation in OB COAP is protected as a Certified Quality Improvement Program, making this a safe and neutral place for members to work on ensuring they maintain the highest quality of care for everyone they care for.
As our members work to control the COVID-19 outbreak and respond to the increasing needs on our healthcare system, we are providing some links to various resources and will update this site as new information becomes available.
Additionally, please contact us if you need extra assitance with OB COAP reporting needs during this time of strained resources.
Patient-Centered Care for Pregnant Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic : Joint position paper from ACOG, AAFP, ACNM, SMFM
PRIORITY REGISTRYis a nationwide registry being run out of UCSF for pregnant and postpartum women with suspected COVID-19 or confirmed diagnosis. Click here toRefer a Patient, or call/text 415-754-3749, or email atPRIORITYCOVID19@ucsf.edu(any language spoken). Patients can also enroll themselvesFor Patients: Enroll in PRIORITY.
The Maternal Coalition COVID-19 Resources: information for pregnant persons on current hospital protocols for birth and links to community services.
Baby Center: for patient education and information related to COVID-19 and pregnancy (which has been vetted and reviewed by the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine)
Washington Healthcare Forum COVID-19 Work Group: view consensus positions, Q&A materials and references generated and gathered by the Washignton Healthcare Forum COVID-19 Work Group.
OB COAP participants and researchers are continually examining data and working on QI efforts
The OB COAP database currently has over 180,000 records and it is growing every day. Many opportunities exist for being involved in research or in collaborating with us to advance obstetrical improvement efforts. Visit our research and collaborations page to find out more!
Congratulations to the Delivery Decisions Initaitive at Ariadne Labs and Boston College Connell School of Nursing for recieving a Hillman Innovations in Care grant to help nurses use data to understand how their practices influence childbirth outcomes. OB COAP looks forward to work with you on this important effort! See more about the grant: Hillman Innovations in Care Grant
Two abstracts using OB COAP data have been accepted for the SMFM annual meeting in February 2020! Dr. Rebecca Simon from UWMC will have oral presentation on “Severe Maternal Morbidity in Lower-Risk Pregnancies” and Dr. Kelsey Olerich will present a poster on “Cesarean Birth Rates in Pregestational Diabetic Pregnancies”. Visit the research page for more details.