AWHONN Insights Podcast: The Joint Commission: New Standards for Perinatal Safety

Written by: Dr. Toni Swinton, Dr. Jean Salera-Vieira, Dr. Susan Hale
Published on: May 25, 2021

“Effective January 1, 2021, The Joint Commission has developed two new standards to improve the quality and safety of perinatal care in Joint Commission–accredited hospitals.

The new standards require organizations to look at their processes and procedures surrounding the care of women experiencing hemorrhage and severe hypertension/preeclampsia.”

In order to learn more, we are joined today by Dr. Toni Swinton, Division Director of Clinical Education at St. David’s Healthcare, Dr. Jean Salera-Vieira, Director of Clinical Program Development at AWHONN, and Dr. Susan Hale, Manager of Clinical Program Development at AWHONN.

We will hear a brief overview of the new Standards, receive tips for nurses and other healthcare providers, and go over the resources that are currently available to help our listeners prepare.


Dr. Toni SwintonDr. Toni Swinton, DNP, RNC, NPD-BC
Toni Swinton has more than 20 years of experience in nursing. After receiving her BSN, Toni embarked on a professional nursing career that included a primary emphasis in inpatient obstetrics, as well as perioperative nursing. 


Dr. Jean SaleraDr. Jean Salera-Vieira-Vieira, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC
Dr. Salera-Vieira is the Director of Clinical Program Development at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist from Rhode Island who is an author and speaker focusing on safety issues in the perinatal setting. 


Dr. Susan HaleDr. Susan Hale, DNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Dr. Susan Hale achieved an Associate’s in Nursing from CCAC Boyce Campus; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing; a Master of Science in Nursing from Benedictine University; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing.