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An investigation of maternal morbidity with identification of life-threatening 'near miss' episodes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10113878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was designed to investigate the pattern of obstetric morbidity and to determine the frequency of serious life-threatening episodes as a basis for clinical audit. The records of over 2,000 maternities from a National Health Service Consultant Unit during a six-month period were analysed. Morbidity was noted in almost a quarter of the cases, and life-threatening episodes, termed 'near miss' morbidity, were identified. As the maternal death rate has fallen in this country, maternal morbidity has come to represent a more useful indicator of obstetric care than mortality. The results of this study identify the need for an agreed set of definitions for 'near miss' morbidity, and suggest that not only should it be included for discussion in unit perinatal meetings, but that Regional obstetric morbidity enquiries would provide valuable denominator data on morbidity.
W Stones; W Lim; F Al-Azzawi; M Kelly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health trends     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0017-9132     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Trends     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-20     Completed Date:  1991-11-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0233525     Medline TA:  Health Trends     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-5     Citation Subset:  H    
St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, London.
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MeSH Terms
Great Britain / epidemiology
Maternal Mortality
Medical Audit*
Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*

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