|About the Maternal Fetal Triage Index|
AWHONN has developed the Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI), a tool that provides a standardized approach to obstetric triage. 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's development of the MFTI is described in two articles available in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN).
AWHONN developed a short video to give you a flavor of what the Maternal Fetal Triage Index is all about.
MFTI Educational Course
The Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI) educational course educates perinatal nurses about obstetric triage basics—what triage means in obstetrics, what the nurses’ role is, and how a systematic approach can be beneficial to improve the process of triage and outcomes. This online interactive learning introduces AWHONN’s new Maternal Fetal Triage Index, a five-level acuity classification index, describing how it is used to prioritize a woman’s urgency for provider evaluation. Clinical cases throughout the course and in the posttest assist the nurse to apply the concepts presented to prioritize the cases. Learn more about the Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI) Education Course.
Using the MFTI at your Hospital
The MFTI is part of AWHONN’s online education course. AWHONN recommends all nurses performing triage complete this course as part of implementing the MFTI. When nurses understand the importance of triage as a nursing role and the value of using an acuity classification tool, the MFTI can be optimally used with all pregnant women presenting for triage. Applying the MFTI acuity tool systematically can potentially reduce errors and improve the quality of the care nurses provide in clinical settings.
MFTI Implementation Communities
AWHONN is committed to assisting hospital leaders in the implementation of key evidence-based initiatives. As facilitating change can be difficult, AWHONN has created MFTI Implementation Communities for hospital leaders to interact with AWHONN staff and other participating members to best support this change effort. Implementation Communities include:
Registration for the current MFTI Implementation Community (fall 2016) is now closed due to high demand. If you are interested in participating in a future Implementation Community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Having the evidence based MFTI algorithm and education from AWHONN empowered staff to do triage differently. We really honed in on the triage of the patient within 10 minutes which led to assessing vitals and FHT's prior to having the patient change clothes and use the bathroom---this was very different but it worked! Staff were engaged and excited because we were part of the pilot and thus on the cutting edge for OB triage. They also saw how much faster we could assess patients using this model and acknowledged the improved workflow.”
- Project Leader from the MFTI Implementation Community
“I love the MFTI. It really prompts you to be aware of what priority your patients are.”
“The MFTI is great and easy to use!”
“I used to have difficulty trying to determine who needed my attention first.”
“I really like the vital signs clearly listed as part of the MFTI. It really helps in our timely treatment of patients with hypertensive emergency.”
- Nurses who implemented the MFTI at their hospital
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