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Maternal mortality in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. A 5-year survey--1970-1974.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  726669     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Causes of maternal deaths at the Lagos University Hospital were reviewed in order to highlight the problems associated with the practice of obstetrics in the hospital. Focus was on maternal deaths that occurred during the January 1, 1970-December 1970 period. There were a total of 11,041 births and 38 maternal deaths during this 1 year. The case notes of maternal deaths were studied; causes of death were extracted from them. The maternal mortality rate was 3.4/1000 total births, excluding abortions. Most of the hospitals booked cases are drawn from the mainland of Lagos and staff of both the Teaching Hospital and the Lagos University. Other high risk cases are referred from general practitioners. The unbooked cases are either referred from the neighboring private maternity homes or brought by relatives from native doctors and midwives because of impending fetal or maternal risk. 65.2% of the maternal deaths occurred in the unbooked cases in the 15-25 year age group. 17 deaths were due to eclampsia; 1 was a booked patient and 16 were unbooked patients. 10 booked patients died as a result of hemorrhage. Obstructed labor was the cause of death in 4 booked and 2 unbooked cases. 2 booked and 1 unbooked patient died following anesthesia, and 1 unbooked patient died because of infective hepatitis. Death occurred in 1 unbooked case suspected of having a ruptured uterus on admission. In the majority of cases the deaths were avoidable. Maternal death can be avoided if the general public is educated regarding good antenatal care and delivery in hospitals.
A T Okoisor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nigerian medical journal : journal of the Nigeria Medical Association     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0300-1652     ISO Abbreviation:  Niger Med J     Publication Date:  1978 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-02-21     Completed Date:  1979-02-21     Revised Date:  2011-09-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0315137     Medline TA:  Niger Med J     Country:  NIGERIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  349-54     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
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MeSH Terms
Eclampsia / mortality
Maternal Mortality*
Middle Aged
Obstetric Labor Complications / mortality
Uterine Hemorrhage / mortality

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