(March - May 2020)
Following the SARS-CoV-2 virus, MBRRACE initiated a rapid notification system for maternal deaths associated with the virus. Expedited reviews were conducted to collate information relating to the virus for pregnant people “with confirmed or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection during or up to one year after pregnancy, and any deaths of women who died from mental health-related causes or domestic violence, which might have been influenced by public health measures introduced to control the epidemic such as lockdown.” The reviews reported were from deaths occurring in the period of March to May 2020. Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) also contributed to this report using data from their own investigations of maternal deaths linked to SARS-CoV-2.
The key lessons and recommendations:
Whilst the report provides guidance primarily directed at those providing clinical care, key takeaways can be taken from the above summary for those supporting families or clients who are pregnant or in their postpartum period.
Source MBRRACE Rapid Report 23 March 2021
Written by Elizabeth Odunlami