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An audit of perinatal mortality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11398286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Perinatal mortality rates are considered in the western world to be a quantitative barometer of maternity care. This 6-year prospective perinatal audit was conducted at a tertiary hospital in order to determine foetal outcome, and the common causes of foetal and early neonatal deaths. Of a total of 30,987 births, there were 469 stillbirths and 391 early neonatal deaths, giving a perinatal mortality rate of 27.7 per 1000 total births. The leading causes of stillbirths were the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, abruptio placentae, diabetes mellitus, intrapartum foetal distress and lethal congenital anomalies. Neonatal deaths were mainly due to the respiratory distress syndrome (57.8%), birth asphyxia (22.2%) and sepsis (13.5%). A dedicated medical team, including a neonatologist, to manage pre-eclampsia, and more senior obstetric involvement in the labour ward are recommended.
B Bassaw; S Roopnarinesingh; A Sirjusingh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The West Indian medical journal     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0043-3144     ISO Abbreviation:  West Indian Med J     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-11     Completed Date:  2001-07-12     Revised Date:  2008-03-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417410     Medline TA:  West Indian Med J     Country:  Jamaica    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  42-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Mount Hope Maternity Hospital, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Caribbean Region / epidemiology
Cause of Death
Fetal Death
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Medical Audit*
Pregnancy Complications
Prospective Studies
Erratum In:
West Indian Med J 2001 Sep;50(3):243-4

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