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The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has informed members that the most frequent claims brought against their members involve:

  • Failure to initiate timely referral to an obstetrician once an adverse event has presented itself, and appropriate management if the event is outside the midwife's scope of practice and expertise.
  • Failure to properly monitor and interpret electronic fetal monitoring. The highest awards occurred in this category.

The ACNM has a position statement, Creating a Culture of Safety in Midwifery Care, and a number of publications addressing patient safety, quality improvement, and risk reduction.

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