Obstetrics (OB) & Perinatal Harm


Obstetrics (OB) and Early Elective Deliveries (EED)

Early Elective Delivery (EDD): For certain medical conditions, available data and expert opinion support optimal timing of delivery in the late-preterm or early-term period for improved neonatal and infant outcomes. Morbidity and mortality rates are greater among neonates and infants delivered during the early-term period compared with those delivered between 39 weeks and 40 weeks of gestation.

Perinatal: The period shortly before and after birth is a critical time for both mother and baby; therefore, the issues around perinatal care are part of a well-developed patient safety program.

Pre-eclampsia: A disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby.

HQI Toolkit

Eliminating EEDs

This HQI toolkit will assist hospitals in measuring early elective deliveries (EED), identifying and engaging key stakeholders, providing harm elimination tools that work, and learning through the success of other hospitals.


39 is Fine: Ending Early Elective Deliveries

Originally presented Thursday, May 30, 2013

Learn how Sharp Grossmont Hospital is reducing Early Elective Deliveries (EED) using an interdisciplinary approach. Share in the data collection process, lessons learned and practical tips acquired along their successful journey. This webinar will outline the key components to developing an effective program to decrease the number of EEDs.