Epidemiology of Critical Illness in Obstetrics
Critical illness in pregnancy as a morbidity outcome is difficult to define and therefore difficult to measure and study precisely. As stated by Harmer, “Death represents the tip of the morbidity iceberg, the size of which is unknown.” The stage at which any condition becomes severe enough to be classified as a critical illness has not been clearly defined. However, it may be helpful to consider critical illness as impending, developing, or established significant organ dysfunction, which may lead to long-term morbidity or death. This allows some flexibility in the characterization of disease severity since it recognizes condition that can deteriorate rather quickly in pregnancy.
KeywordsCritical Illness Maternal Mortality Maternal Death Cerebral Malaria Rheumatic Heart Disease
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