As a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, the fact that the United States has the highest rate of pregnancy-related deaths compared to other developed countries deeply concerns me. Yet, more shocking to me is the level of disparity in the rate of maternal death. A black woman is three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than a white woman. What can be done about this disparity? Is the postpartum checklist the answer?
For several decades, the aviation industry has successfully implemented checklists for routine and emergency situations to ensure the safety of the plane and all of the precious lives it carries. Following the example of the aviation industry, many have endorsed the routine use of checklists to ensure safe and quality care in medicine
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