Module 17: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Lessons Learned from Accidents, Errors and Unexpected Events

Module author:

Dr. Sharon Davies, MD FRCPC 

Module Instructions:

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  • You are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Discussion Board for Module 17. There you will be able to ask any questions you may have and read the answers to questions that others have asked. You may visit this Discussion Board now, or after you have completed your Examination.



Objectives for Module 17


Following completion of this program the participants should be able to:

  1. Following completion of this learning module, the participant should be able to:
  2. Summarize the key findings and recommendations made in The Seventh Report of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom (CEMACH)1.
  3. List the most common causes of medicolegal claims against anesthesiologists in the USA.
  4. Review the most common causes of maternal deaths.
  5. Discuss the 3 case reports of maternal death directly related to anesthesia.
  6. Explain the specific patient safety recommendations pertaining to anesthesia.

IMPORTANT: Before beginning the module, please complete the pretest. The intent is to help you assess your baseline knowledge of the topic before working through the module.

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