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Confidential enquiries into maternal mortality in the United Arab Emirates: a feasibility study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21314803     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: Routine confidential enquiry into maternal deaths is not yet part of the United Arab Emirates health care system. A confidential enquiry into maternal deaths was undertaken to test the feasibility of this approach and to identify the causes and preventability of maternal deaths.
MATERIAL & METHODS: Data on all maternal deaths over a six year period from 1998 to 2003 were abstracted and reviewed by a panel of experts to assign the cause if in doubt, and to determine whether the deaths were preventable.
RESULTS: Over the six year period, 26 deaths were identified with 122,075 births and the maternal mortality ratio was 21.2/100,000 live births. The mean maternal age at death was 32.3 years and two-thirds of the deaths occurred during the postpartum period. The leading causes of death were thromboembolic events, hemorrhage and infection. After reviewing the clinical data the expert panel concluded that one third of the deaths were avoidable.
CONCLUSION: This first ever confidential enquiry has shown that it is feasible to adopt this approach in the United Arab Emirates and the causes identified would be of help in prioritizing clinical guidelines development and training programs aimed at professionals, which will ultimately lead to safer motherhood for women.
Saad Ghazal-Aswad; Padmanabhan Badrinath; Islam Sidky; Yousef Abdul-Razak; John Davison; Hisham M Mirghani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-02-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1447-0756     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Obstet. Gynaecol. Res.     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-07     Completed Date:  2011-10-28     Revised Date:  2012-01-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612761     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol Res     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2011 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tawam Hospital, United Arab Emirates.
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MeSH Terms
Infection / complications,  mortality
Maternal Mortality*
Postpartum Hemorrhage / mortality
Pregnancy Complications / etiology,  mortality,  prevention & control
Puerperal Disorders / etiology,  mortality,  prevention & control
Thromboembolism / complications,  mortality
United Arab Emirates / epidemiology

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