The way to move beyond the numbers: the lesson learnt from the Italian Obstetric Surveillance System

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Objective.To describe the Italian Obstetric Surveillance System (ItOSS) investigating maternal death through incident case reporting and confidential enquiries.

Methods. All maternal deaths occurred in any public and private health facility in 8 Italian regions covering 73% of national births have been notified to the ItOSS. Every incident case is confidentially reviewed to assess quality of care and establish the cause and avoidability of the death.

Findings. A total of 106 maternal deaths among 1.455.545 new-borns have been notified to the surveillance system in 2013-17. Haemorrhage, sepsis and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are the leading causes of direct maternal deaths due to obstetric causes.

Conclusions. A maternal mortality surveillance system, including incidence reporting and confidential enquiries along with a retrospective analysis of administrative data sources, emerged as the best option for case ascertainment and for promoting avoidable maternal deaths.

 

 

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Serena Donati - Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Alice Maraschini

Stefania Dell'Oro

Ilaria Lega

Paola D'Aloja

Regional Maternal Mortality Working Grou

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Donati, S., Maraschini, A., Dell’Oro, S., Lega, I., D’Aloja, P., & Working Grou, R. M. M. (2019). The way to move beyond the numbers: the lesson learnt from the Italian Obstetric Surveillance System. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 55(4), 363-370. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/889
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