Faculty Response to the Publication of the MBRRACE - UK Report

7 December 2016

Response to the publication of the MBRRACE-UK report1, Dr  Carl Waldmann, Dean of FICM says:

“FICM welcomes this timely report.

The death of a mother around the time of childbirth is one of the most distressing scenarios imaginable that a medical team has to deal with. Invariably Intensive Care teams will have been involved with many of the other disciplines in trying to save that mother’s life trying to resuscitate them and providing multi-organ support. The report of 144 woman who died between 2009 and 2014 (a time period which encompassed the Flu pandemic in 2009) confirms the high level of support provided by all the disciplines including intensive care.

The messages to be taken from this report concern firstly the need to detect and manage appropriately and early the mums who deteriorate and secondly the safe transfer to an intensive care unit. Thirdly it is beholden on all of us to discuss as a multidisciplinary team and investigate these thankfully rare events to ensure lessons are learnt.”

1. Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care. MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK http://bit.ly/1wVNPqL