World Patient Safety Summit Aims to Reduce Unnecessary C-Sections

Researchers say that nearly half of C-sections are unnecessary and
pose short and long term risks

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two survivors of C-section delivery and postpartum complications will be
part of a distinguished panel at the upcoming 2018 World Patient Safety
Science & Technology Summit in London, on Saturday, February 24.

According to researchers, C-sections or deliveries of newborns by
caesarean section, is on the rise but nearly half of those cases are
unnecessary and complications from the procedure are not well known or
understood. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is pleased to
announce the panelists participating in the upcoming Reducing
Unnecessary C-Sections in Hospitals Panel. These include Jill Arnold and
Kristen Terlizzi who have become fierce patient advocates since their
near fatal experiences in delivering their infants by C-section and the
complications that followed.

The Statistics: Internationally, C-sections are on the rise
ranging from an average of 40.5% in Latin America/Caribbean area to 7.3%
in Africa (Betran 2016). In the United States, one-third of patients
give birth surgically (Martin, 2017) and international experts have
identified this high cesarean rate as a significant maternal health
safety issue (Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care 2016).

Kristen Terlizzi’s post-partum medical care was so extreme, it inspired
a scientific journal case study. An earlier C-section left her with a
condition called Placenta Accreta – where placental tissue remains and
spreads affecting other organs. Hemorrhaging during corrective surgery
was so acute, she had her entire blood supply replaced.

Jill Arnold was the picture of health and breezed through a low-risk
pregnancy and delivery but the lack of emphasis on postpartum care in
the U.S. left her at risk. She began showing symptoms of DVT – Deep Vein
Thrombosis – which could have easily killed her. “A leg-length clot had
developed in a superficial vein that extended from my ankle all the way
up to the groin,” said Arnold.

Unnecessary C-sections also pose long-term health risks including
subsequent uterine scar rupture, abnormal placentation, increased risk
of hemorrhage, and hysterectomy (Bauserman 2015, Marshall 2011, Rageth
1999, Galyean 2009) where there is an exponential increase in such
complications with the number of prior cesareans (Clark 1985).

The Reducing Unnecessary C-sections panel will discuss best practices
from around the world and announce the new Actionable Patient Safety
Solutions related to this topic.

Members of the Global Panel include:

  • Moderator: David
    C. Lagrew Jr.
    , MD, Executive Medical Director of Women’s Service,
    St. Joseph-Hoag Health Region of Providence Healthcare – Dr. Lagrew is
    a maternal fetal medicine specialist and physician informaticist with
    a special interest in maternal quality improvement. He has helped
    develop and pioneer techniques in cesarean section reduction, emergent
    cesarean section drills, and maternal quality improvement in
  • Panelists:

    • Kristen
      , Co-founder, National Accreta Foundation – Ms.
      Terlizzi now shares her patient story to educate audiences on
      abnormal placentation and the downstream costs of cesarean
      deliveries. Her medical case report is published in the official
      journal of the American Congress of Obstetricians and
      Gynecologists (ACOG) and her patient story has been featured in
      Vox Media, the Wall Street Journal and
    • Jill
      , Co-founder, National Accreta Foundation – Jill
      Arnold’s research on C-section, VBAC and other delivery method
      data led to the creation of a registry of national hospital-level
      data that Consumer Reports licensed in 2013. Jill currently serves
      as the Vice Chair of the Arkansas Healthcare Transparency
      Initiative Task Force Board, is an Editorial Board Member of the
      Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement and an Expert
      Consultant to the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s
      Ariadne Labs as well as serving as a member of the steering
      committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
      (CMQCC) Maternal Data Center since 2013.
    • Siddarth
      , Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Gauss Surgical –
      Siddarth Satish is the Founder and CEO of Gauss Surgical, a
      medical technology company using computer vision and machine
      learning to make surgery and childbirth safer and more
      cost-effective. He serves on the Technology Committee of the
      Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and was named to the Forbes
      30 Under 30 list in healthcare.
    • Robert
      M. Silver, MD
      , Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
      University of Utah Health Sciences Center – Dr. Silver joined the
      University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division after
      completing his fellowship there in 1994. He is serving as the
      Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and as
      Co-Director of Labor and Delivery at the UUHSC.

For more information, please visit the Patient Safety Movement
Foundation website. Members of the media may request a press pass by
or by contacting Tanya Lyon – phone (949) 351-2858 or email

About Patient Safety Movement Foundation:

More than 200,000 U.S. patients and three million worldwide die each
year from preventable causes. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
(PSMF) was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for
Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number
of preventable deaths to zero by 2020 (0X2020). Improving patient safety
requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including
patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies,
government, employers, and private payers. The PSMF works with all
stakeholders to address problems with actionable solutions. The
Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science and
Technology Summit bringing together some of the world’s best minds for
thought-provoking discussions and new ideas that challenge the status
quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient
safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions,
encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their
products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to
implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety
Movement Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020.


Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Tanya Lyon, (949) 351-2858