NPEC Severe Maternal Morbidity Annual Report 2017
This is the sixth report from the National Clinical Audit on Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) in Ireland.
The 19 participating units reported that 391 women experienced a SMM in 2017, as defined in this audit, giving a rate of 6.42 per 1,000 maternities.
From 2012 to 2017, the SMM rate varied from 4.44 to 6.42 per 1,000 maternities or from one in 225 maternities to one in 156 maternities.
The SMM rate is a composite rate of a group of clearly defined severe maternal morbidities. Almost three quarters of the women (n=291, 74.4%) who experienced SMM in 2017 were diagnosed with one morbidity.
In 2017, major obstetric haemorrhage (MOH) remains the most frequently reported SMM event, accounting for approximately half (48.8%) of SMM cases.