Better standards of care will reduce morbidity and mortality

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6987.1137c (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1137
  1. Edward O'Donnell,
  2. David Somerset
  1. Registrar in obstetrics Senior house officer in obstetrics Birmingham Maternity Hospital, Birmingham B15 2TG

    EDITOR,—Traditional teaching is that eclampsia reflects poor standards in obstetric practice, and K A Douglas and C W G Redman's paper provides further evidence of this.1 Of the 383 women with eclampsia, 294 were inpatients when eclampsia occurred and only 36 had no recorded hypertension or proteinuria in the week before the first fit.

    Successive confidential inquiries into maternal mortality have …

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