Reducing Obstetrical Harm Events

In our analysis of Constellation® malpractice claims, obstetrical (OB) claims are third in total cost despite representing only 4% of all claims. The top allegation involved in OB harm events is the delay in recognition and treatment of fetal distress. Contributing to OB harm and claims are problems with culture, patient assessment, fetal monitoring skills and communication breakdowns.

This webinar will outline how to help your OB care team learn, improve and respond to OB harm events.


  1. Learn about the top allegations and contributing factors involved in OB harm events and malpractice claims.
  2. Identify tools and resources to improve assessment skills and communication among the OB team.
  3. Understand how to reduce, respond to and learn from OB harm events.
Constellation Presenters

Betty VanWoert, RN, BSN, CPHRM
Sr. Risk Consultant

With over 35 years of risk management and clinical experience in women’s health and neonatal nursing, Betty knows first-hand how proactive risk management can impact care teams and those they serve.

Betty provides trusted risk consultation and education for hospitals, health care facilities, and clinic practices. She prides herself and her team on offering recommendations and resources that mitigate the risks associated with top medical professional liability factors and guide a full, compassionate response when harm events do occur.

Kristi Eldredge, RN, JD, CPHRM
Sr. Risk Consultant

Kristi is a trusted advisor to policyholders in all matters of risk management. She values being the person who “has their back” when questions arise. With a background as both a registered nurse and a medical malpractice attorney, Kristi is well suited to provide comprehensive risk management services to physicians, clinics, long-term care and hospital clients, delivering customized strategies to prevent and minimize injuries, and reduce claims and losses.

Kristi feels strongly that providing quality health care will undoubtedly result in patients and residents who are satisfied with their care and populations that are managed effectively. Kristi began her health care career as a registered nurse, working in labor and delivery, high-risk perinatal care, and as the director of risk management for a large inner-city hospital in New York. She also provided consulting services to a professional liability insurance carrier for the health care industry before coming to Constellation.

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