Severe maternal morbidity for 2004-2005 in the three Dublin maternity hospitals.
AuthorsMurphy, Cliona M
Geary, Michael P
McAuliffe, Fionnuala M
AffiliationRotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
MeSHCoronary Care Units/statistics & numerical data
Hospitals, Maternity/*statistics & numerical data
Hysterectomy/statistics & numerical data
Intensive Care Units/statistics & numerical data
Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular/epidemiology
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CitationEur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2009 Mar;143(1):34-7. Epub 2009 Jan 12.
JournalEuropean journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology
AbstractOBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and causes of severe maternal morbidity in Dublin over a two year period from 2004 to 2005. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort study from January 2004 to December 2005 was undertaken in the three large maternity hospitals in Dublin, which serve a population of 1.5 million people. All are tertiary referral centres for obstetrics and neonatology and have an annual combined delivery rate of circa 23,000 births. Cases of severe maternal morbidity were identified. A systems based classification was used. The primary cause of maternal morbidity and the number of events experienced per patient was recorded. RESULTS: We identified 158 women who fulfilled the definition for severe maternal morbidity, giving a rate of 3.2 per 1000 maternities. There were two maternal deaths during the time period giving mortality to morbidity ratio of 1:79. The commonest cause of severe morbidity was vascular dysfunction related to obstetric haemorrhage. Eclampsia comprised 15.4% of cases. Intensive care or coronary care admission occurred in 12% of cases. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of severe maternal morbidity in this population is 3.2/1000 maternities. Obstetric haemorrhage was the main cause of severe maternal morbidity.