Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: New Measure for Childbirth Outcomes Could Provide Hospitals with Performance Feedback

Pregnancy-related deaths and serious maternal complications during and after childbirth continue to rise in the United States, with wide variation across hospitals. New research published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), reports on a new risk-adjusted, composite measure that allows maternal and newborn outcomes to be reported in a single measure. This measure is based on readily available data that are collected by all hospitals and could be used to provide accurate and meaningful feedback on outcomes.