This report investigated maternity services at Furness General Hospital from January 2004 to June 2013, and concludes the maternity unit was dysfunctional and that serious failures of clinical care led to unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies. It makes a series of recommendations for the wider NHS as well as Morecambe Bay.
This table can be used to define and interpret cardiotocograph traces and to guide the management of the labour for women who are having continuous cardiotocography.
This paper outlines the challenges of workforce planning in maternity services, particularly in intrapartum care, where demand is highly variable. It discusses some of the key features particular to maternity workforce planning such as the gold standard of providing 1:1 midwifery care, the transfer of care from one community area to a different secondary care area and the “hidden” workload undertaken in intrapartum care units managing patients who are not in labour.
The maternity team at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust share how they have improved maternity safety – through the improved recognition and management of high-risk women/babies and improvement in staff communication.
Understanding the patient safety issues for some vulnerable groups of women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity
This literature scoping review was commissioned by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) as part of a project to determine any specific patient safety issues for vulnerable women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity.
Providing equity of critical and maternity care for the critically ill pregnant or recently pregnant woman
This document summarises all relevant safety standards in the area of critical care for the pregnant or recently pregnant women. These recommendations are applicable to either a specialised maternity care or general critical care unit. This document was particularly created in response to a recognition that there are still significant deaths associated with suboptimal care and that this mortality is higher amongst ethnic minority groups.