The NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization with a mission of leading national collaboration to improve health and health care quality by providing performance measures to evaluate how well services are being delivered. The goal is to improve quality of care by enhancing transparency in health care and ensuring multidimensional accountability.
Maternal mortality, as defined by the World Health Organization, refers to “the death of a woman while pregnant or within forty-two days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.”
Clayton, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, has been providing obstetric anesthesia care in a variety of clinical settings for over 20 years. In addition, through the AANA Foundation, she led the obstetric anesthesia closed malpractice claims analysis. This work identified patterns of injuries, precipitating events and provided recommended interventions to improve care. Following this research, she was a primary author for the national “AANA Analgesia and Anesthesia for the Obstetric Patient Practice Guidelines” which provides clinicians a standardized approach to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality.
“I am looking forward to sharing my direct patient care experience in obstetric anesthesia practice and education,” says Clayton. “The NQF committee has a wide array of experts, but many individuals are not practicing clinicians, and that’s a unique perspective I bring to the table. I am ‘boots on the ground.’”
The 24-month NQF NMMC project, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will complete an environmental scan and a recommendations report. Throughout the project, which is scheduled to wrap up in 2022, the NQF will solicit input from its multistakeholder audience at key points.