Finally in the news for nurses this week is a look at a new assessment and triage tool for obstetrics (OB) patients you might encounter. The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) created a new tool that improves and standardizes triaging pregnant women in urgent and emergency care situations. It is called the Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI).

Obstetrics Patient Priority Re-Imagined

Pregnancy-midwife-nurse-birth-pregnant-obstetricsIn obstetrics units triage, the initial, brief nursing assessment of the woman and fetus, has traditionally been done on a first come, first-served basis. One of the problems with this approach is that it does not efficiently identify those women who need urgent or immediate care. The MFTI is a five-level obstetric acuity tool for nurses to use when they triage a woman presenting for care to a birth unit in order to prioritize the woman’s urgency for provider evaluation. It is the first obstetric acuity tool developed by a professional society for use across the United States.

AWHONN is seeking nurse champions for their pilot of this program. These nurse champions would implement the MFTI in their facility as part of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and ensure that participating nurses get the necessary training on the use of the module in triage. I’m going to include a link to the page at the AWHONN site for you to follow and also links to the short video they provide there that describes the development and implementation process of the triage tool. Check it out in the show notes over at

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Breastfeeding Workplace Decisions and Episode 371.



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