SubSpecialties  |   March 2016
SOAP Update: Improving Maternal Care Through Partnership and Collaboration
Author Affiliations
  • Manuel C. Vallejo, Jr., M.D.,D.M.D.
    Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP)
Article Information
Obstetric Anesthesia / Pediatric Anesthesia / SubSpecialties
SubSpecialties   |   March 2016
SOAP Update: Improving Maternal Care Through Partnership and Collaboration
ASA Monitor 03 2016, Vol.80, 42-43.
ASA Monitor 03 2016, Vol.80, 42-43.
“Birth matters. It brings us into being, on many levels.”
– Ananda Lowe
The mission of SOAP is to improve pregnancy-related outcomes of women and neonates through the support of obstetric anesthesiology research, the provision of education to its members, other providers and pregnant women, and the promotion of excellence in clinical anesthetic care.
In the promotion of excellence in clinical care and improving pregnancy-related outcomes, SOAP is collaborating with several societies, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) and ASA. Recently, SOAP and ACOG worked on several initiatives, including the obstetric bundles on postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) and venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis. SOAP is convening a working group to create consensus clinical recommendations on the new ACOG-VTE prophylaxis guidelines, which will impact the anesthetic care of the parturient, as there is currently a lack of guidance regarding neuraxial anesthesia in the obstetric population. Likewise, ASA and SOAP will soon publish the new updated “Practice Guidelines for Obstetric Anesthesia.” As a new initiative, ACOG, ASA and SOAP have partnered to launch the Maternal Quality Improvement Program (MQIP), a joint effort to develop a national obstetrical outcomes registry through ASA’s affiliated Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) with the goal of providing hospitals vital information needed to understand and improve maternal outcomes. MQIP will provide a framework for reporting performance and outcomes measures for obstetrical care. The information gathered through this registry will help to structure obstetrical care in the future, improve maternal and neonatal care, and pave the way for better patient outcomes.
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