Impact of SBAR Communication in Maternity Nursing
There has been a steady rise in pregnancy related deaths since 1987. The number of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States stands at an alarming ratio of 17.3 deaths per 100,000 live births as of 2017. While the reasons for this increase in deaths remains unclear, ineffective communication in the clinical setting is known to contribute to delays in care and adverse patient outcomes. To improve communication, communication tools such as SBAR (situation, background, assessment, and recommendation) have been developed to address issues around communication. The goal of this project is to improve communication between providers and nurses on the Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum Unit at a tertiary care hospital by educating staff on the use of SBAR as an intervention to reduce morbidity and mortality in the maternal population seen at this institution.