University at Buffalo - April 17, 2015


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Over 65 representatives from hospitals across the state came together in Buffalo on April 17th for the Safe Motherhood Initiative’s second quarterly meeting of 2015. Vanessa Barnabei, MD, PhD, FACOG, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety for Women’s Services at the University at Buffalo welcomed all and gave a presentation of their remarkable new facility currently under construction.

Faculty presentations were given throughout the day, including how to implement a checklist presented by Peter Bernstein, MD, MPH, FACOG and the use of antifibrinolytics for hemorrhage lead by Adiel Fleischer, MD, FACOG and Mary D’Alton, MD, FACOG. Presentations by the Biostatistics Coordinating Center at Columbia University detailed submitted data results from the first quarter, as well as a hypertension/obstetric hemorrhage case presentation by Dr. Barnabei’s chief resident, Shawna Hughes, MD (PGY IV), gave attendees the opportunity to ask targeted clinical questions.

Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG presented an overview of the support for patients, family, and staff bundle and the meeting concluded with a demo of the soon-to-be-released SMI smartphone app.

The next SMI quarterly meeting will be held on July 17, 2015 in the Albany/Saratoga area. More details on this meeting are forthcoming. If you have any questions about the Safe Motherhood Initiative, please contact ACOG District II at or (518) 436-3461.

Meeting Materials


Implementing Checklists

Use of Antifibrinolytics for Hemorrhage

SMI Data Review

SMI Bundle Review / Frequently Asked Questions

Family & Patient Support Bundle

MoreOB Program

SMI Accomplishments Slide Show



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