Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM)
AIM is an initiative, led by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), in partnership with over 30 additional professional organizations, including the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and more.
The purpose of AIM is to promote consistent and safe maternity care to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality by equipping, empowering and emboldening every state’s maternal health leaders, providers, and systems by implementing patient safety bundles.
These safety bundles are short, straightforward evidence-based action steps that hospital obstetric and women’s health units can implement to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality. The improvement work is done by evaluating current practices within each obstetric unit, and improving upon any recognized deficits by adopting the national best practices outlined in the bundle.
AIM has patient safety bundles to reduce the most common maternal morbidities and causes of death.
Patient Safety Bundles:
- Obstetric Hemorrhage
- Maternal Venous Thromboembolism
- Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy
- Reduction of Peripartum Racial/Ethnic Disparities
- Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Birth
- Maternal Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety
- Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety:
- Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder
- Prevention of Retained Vaginal Sponges After Birth
In January 2019, Indiana joined AIM.
- The first bundle to be implemented in Indiana is the Obstetric Hemorrhage Bundle.
- promotes the best practices in maternal health with the alignment of maternal safety efforts on a local, state, and national level;
- provides intensive technical assistance with team-based communication, effective collaboration and harmonized data collection for participating hospitals;
- provides access to resources through National AIM, including a user-friendly data portal, patient safety tools, eLearning modules for clinical staff, maternal safety webinars, etc.; and
- facilitates networking and collaboration among delivering facilities to share learning opportunities.
Participating hospitals are required to submit data quarterly to monitor their progress towards successful bundle implementation. In addition to hospitals submitting the five data points, the Indiana Hospital Association has partnered with the Indiana State Department of Health Division of Maternal and Child Health to provide data and support as necessary.
This program is completely free and voluntary for Indiana hospitals.
Since launching in June of 2019, ISDH has received an overwhelming response from Indiana hospitals who are ready to implement these proven effective practice guidelines to improve the health outcomes of their patients.
To aid hospitals in implementing the AIM Obstetric Hemorrhage patient safety bundle, the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC) has created a Maternal Hemorrhage Toolkit. This toolkit includes information and examples from Indiana hospitals to aid their peers in successfully implementing the bundles best practices.
While participation in Indiana AIM is voluntary for Indiana hospitals, ISDH and the State Health Commissioner are calling on all delivering facilities in the state to join.
Hospitals Enrolled in Indiana AIM: (as of December 2019)
Adams Memorial Hospital
Baptist Health Floyd
Bluffton Regional Medical Center
Cameron Memorial Community Hospital
Clark Memorial Health
Columbus Regional Hospital
Community Hospital Anderson
Community Hospital East
Community Hospital Munster
Community Hospital North
Community Hospital South
Community Howard Regional Health
Decatur County Memorial Hospital
Elkhart General Hospital
Franciscan Health Lafayette East
Greene County General Hospital
Harrison County Hospital
Hendricks Regional Health
Henry Community Health
Highpoint Health (Dearborn Hospital)
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
IU Health Bloomington Hospital
IU Health Jay Hospital
IU Health Methodist Hospital
IU Health Paoli Hospital
IU Health Riley Hospital for Children
IU Health West Hospital
Johnson Memorial Hospital
King’s Daughter Health
Kosciusko Community Hospital
Margaret Mary Community Health
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center - Jasper
Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus
Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus
Parkview Hospital Randallia
Parkview Huntington Hospital
Parkview Lagrange Hospital
Parkview Noble Hospital
Parkview Regional Medical Center
Parkview Wabash Hospital
Parkview Whitley Hospital
Perry County Memorial Hospital
Pulaski Memorial Hospital
Saint Joseph Health System – Mishawaka
Schneck Medical Center
St. Catherine East Chicago
St. Joseph Health System Plymouth
St. Mary’s Hospital Hobart
St. Vincent Anderson
St. Vincent Carmel
St. Vincent Dunn
St. Vincent Evansville
St. Vincent Fishers
St. Vincent Kokomo
St. Vincent Randolph
St. Vincent Women’s Hospital
Terre Haute Regional Hospital
The Women’s Hospital Newburgh
Witham Health Services
For additional information on Indiana AIM, please contact Sarah Briley at SBriley@isdh.in.gov