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SMFM Special Statement: A maternal transport briefing form and checklist

When performing a maternal transport between two facilities, numerous pieces of information must be
communicated between physicians, nurses, and transport personnel, including the health status of 2
patients (mother and fetus), availability of bed space and personnel in 2 units at the receiving facility
(labor and delivery unit and neonatal intensive care unit), arrangements for transportation, and inpatient
and outpatient records. The amount and complexity of information creates a risk of medical error due to
communication lapses. A cognitive aid such as a standardized form can help the team prepare for a
transfer and provide a consistent framework for a handoff briefing among healthcare professionals.
SMFM presents a sample briefing form to ensure that key elements are communicated for every
maternal transport. Practical suggestions are given to help facilities customize the form and implement it
on their units.




SMFM Statement