Saving Mothers’ Lives
The report from MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths – Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care (2019) includes a review on Ectopic Pregnancy.
This report, the eighth MBRRACE-UK annual report of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity, includes surveillance data on women who died during or up to one year after pregnancy between 2017 and 2019 in the UK. In addition, it also includes Confidential Enquiries into the care of women who died between 2017 and 2019 in the UK and Ireland from mental health-related causes, venous thromboembolism, homicide and malignancy.
The report also includes a Morbidity Confidential Enquiry into the care of women who gave birth aged over 45 years.
Surveillance information is included for 495 women who died during or up to one year after the end of pregnancy between 2017 and 2019. The care of 37 women who gave birth aged over 45 years was reviewed in depth for the Confidential Enquiry chapter.
Early pregnancy deaths: Specific Recommendations
In women of reproductive age who present to practitioners with diarrhoea and vomiting and/or fainting, the possibility of ectopic pregnancy should be considered.
Medical treatment of ectopic pregnancy should be based on strict adherence to protocols, with women having immediate access to in-patient facilities if complications occur.
Mr Patrick Bose BSc, PhD, MBBS, DFFP, MRCOG.