The Provincial Perinatal Quality Assurance Committee has been established by the Patient Safety (Provincial) QAC - an AHS Board appointed QAC - as a Quality Assurance Committee as defined by the Alberta Evidence Act (Section 9) to carry out quality assurance activities related to maternal, perinatal and neonatal morbitity and mortality cases in Alberta. These quality assurance activities include evaluating identified patient safety concerns, reviewing reported adverse events and are undertaken with a view to the continual improvement of the quality of health care or services provided. Further goals of this work are to identify and analyze patient safety concerns that can place patients, staff and/or the public at risk of harm and to provide a method of communication of any recommendations arising from the quality assurance activities to an appropriate, accountable individual.

Outcomes of the quality assurance activities include:

  • The identification of preventable factors and system issues
  • Identified gaps in knowledge and practice
  • Recommendations to providers and Alberta Health Services
  • Collection, analysis and reporting of aggregate data on perinatal and maternal mortality
  • Review, revise, and/or develop perinatal forms and audit tools to support/promote optimal practice