Clinical Practice: Combat Opioid Use During Pregnancy with New Patient Safety Bundle

The unfortunate escalation of opioid use in the United States in recent years has not excluded the pregnant population. Opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders are seen across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. OUD in pregnant women is associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome and linked with a significant increase in maternal mortality and severe morbidity. A number of initiatives and programs have been launched or expanded to combat this growing epidemic across disciplines, including the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) and the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care (the Council), a multi-stakeholder...

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