|Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI)|
In obstetric 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.
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.
Maternal Fetal Triage Index Educational Course
The Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI) educational course educates perinatal nurses about obstetric triage basics—what triage means in obstetrics, the nurses’ role, and how a systematic approach can be beneficial to improve the process of triage and outcomes.
This online interactive learning introduces AWHONN’s 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.
Maternal Fetal Triage Index 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:
***UPDATE: 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.
AWHONN developed a short video to give you an overview of the Maternal Fetal Triage Index.
Please contact AWHONN Permissions for inquiries related to distribution of the MFTI at your facility.
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AWHONN's development of the MFTI is described in two articles available in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN).
Other MFTI Resources