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Use of the the Maternal Early Warning Trigger Tool for Early Recognition of Deterioration in Women During Birth

      Maternal mortality within the United States has increased even though the global maternal mortality rate has decreased. National and state organizations recommend the use of an obstetric-specific early warning tool for early recognition of patient deterioration to help reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates. Most standardized early warning tools have been developed for the nonobstetric adult population and do not take into consideration the physiologic changes of pregnancy, which can lead to missed opportunities for escalation of patient care and improved outcomes.

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