18. Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death.
This question and answer are in the process of being updated to include the data from the 2006-8 Reprort.
|a.||The report is triennial, commissioned by NICE and conducted by CEMACH.|
|b.||The most recent report was published in 2004 and covered the years 2000 - 2003.|
|c.||“Direct” deaths are those in which the main cause of death was substandard care.|
|d.||“Fortuitous” deaths are those in which the husband has recently insured her life for large amounts.|
|e.||The maternal mortality rate is the number of deaths after 24 weeks gestation per 100,000 live births.|
|f.||The most recent maternal mortality rate was 13.1 per 100,000.|
|g.||Maternal mortality for sub-Saharan Africa was reckoned to be 920 deaths per 100,000 live births in the year 2000.|
|h.||Hypertensive disease (including eclampsia & HELLP) was the commonest direct cause of death.|
|i.||deaths attributed to anaesthesia were lower in number than in previous reports.|
|j.||deaths attributed to anaesthesia were all in patients having general anaesthesia.|
|k.||Substandard care was found in 34% of direct and indirect deaths.|
|l.||The recent report highlighted social disadvantage, poverty, obesity, late booking and poor antenatal attendance as significant risk factors for maternal death.|
|m.||Deaths from suicide were mainly by drug overdose in young women from ethnic minorities.|