Implementing preterm labor guidelines: A collaborative care improvement process

Mary Goering, Wanda Wilson

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Health care organizations today are being challenged to deliver care that is cost-effective, satisfying to patients, and based on quality outcomes. Urgency created by inadequate bed capacity as well as financial opportunity prompted United Hospital's Birth Center to launch care improvement activities aimed at assessing appropriateness of antepartal length of stay. Collaboration between all members of the health care team enabled a steering committee to implement evidence-based provider practice guidelines targeting variance around preterm labor management. Other multidisciplinary strategies implemented include a home care prescreening process, case management, and establishment of a peer review process. Within the 1-year care improvement process, the Birth Center successfully decreased the length of stay for preterm labor patients from 6.9 days to 5.3 days. This article describes one institution's efforts to improve care by implementing guidelines for the inpatient management of preterm labor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-57
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2002


  • Care improvement
  • Guidelines
  • Length of stay
  • Preterm labor
  • Quality


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