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Maternal deaths are an outrage

Thu 21st May 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… archiac disease such as childbed fever, which is still one of the most common causes of maternal death?

I feel sure that Jasmine Pickett's and Amy Kimmance's families, amongst others, would join me in asking this. I hope that the Coroner in their Inquests, currently being heard in Winchester, may be able to shed some light on the answer.


NHS Trust apology: maternal deaths

Fri 13th Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… of deterioration, or better advance preparation to manage identified risk, may have averted the deaths'.

Link to article: NHS trust apologises over 'exceptionally high' maternal deaths


Inquiry into deaths of three new mothers - Telegraph

Mon 14th Apr 2008 by Ben Palmer.

Inquiry into deaths of three new mothers - Telegraph

Necrotising Fasciitis is most commonly caused by Group A Streptococcus, which is also the most common cause of Childbed Fever. It's a pity the article doesn't make the link and say that's what it is, but 'flesh-eating bacteria' sounds nastier, doesn't it? …


Death by any other name

Sun 10th Jun 2007 by Ben Palmer.

… To underline the problem, Jessica had a totally normal, textbook delivery. In the aftermath of her death and during the legal investigation every aspect of delivery and immediate post delivery care was scrutinised and no fault was found.

A perfect, complication free delivery is no guarantee of safety from sepsis. Jessica died because Group A Streptococcus invaded her uterus. Group A Strep is a …


British maternity wards in crisis

Mon 4th Apr 2011 by Ben Palmer.

… sepsis now outranks even pre-eclampsia and eclampsia as the leading direct cause of maternal death. Deaths due to sepsis have risen from 18 in 2003-05 to 26 in 2006-08* - a staggering 44%.

Is it any wonder that we have headlines like this one:

British maternity wards in crisis - Health News, Health & Families - The Independent.

 

* Centre for Maternal and Child …


MEOWS: Recommended

Sat 25th Apr 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… in it's top 10 recommendations to save mothers' lives in it's 2007 report, using prevention of deaths from sepsis as an example:

Early warning scoring system

9. There is an urgent need for the routine use of a national obstetric early warning chart, similar to those in use in other areas of clinical practice, which can be used for all obstetric women which will help in the more timely …


On twitter

Mon 2nd Mar 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… childbed fever - a post-natal septicaemic infection. Childbed fever accounted for 14% of maternal deaths in the UK between 2003 and 2005.

I'd like to stop unnecessary death and illness from this archaic disease.

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Life saving treatment wanted asap

Sun 1st Mar 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… including, but not exclusively, childbed fever (CF). This means that severe illness and/or death can be avoided.

I am not an advocate of prophylactic use of antibiotics, indeed more women than are saved from sepsis may die of allergic reaction.

As for benefitting only 1 in 500,000 - how wrong is this. Purely looking at sepsis, in 2003-2005 the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and …


Topic for discussion

Sat 28th Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

Maternal death is too uncomfortable a topic for discussion.

Please discuss in the comments.


Rising GAS

Tue 24th Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… disease. Not quite the study of cases of childbed fever including those that do not result in death that I'd like to see (and is, I know, in planning) but a welcome step in the right direction.

If group A strep infection is more prevalent in the community at the moment, then there will be more cases of childbed fever as well, one could assume. Let the doctors and midwives be aware and be …




What is childbed fever?

Childbed fever is an infection of the womb in new mothers which can lead to septicaemia. If left untreated infection will cause organ failure and death - even in young, fit mothers.
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What's the aim?

We would like every parent and every midwife and doctor to know that childbed fever is still a very real threat to a mother's life.
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Who is Jessica?

Jessica Palmer was a Mum. She died in June 2004, at 34 years old, of childbed fever caused by Group A streptococcus.
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