ACOG, SMFM Update Guidance on Severe Maternal Morbidity: scr
A joint consensus on severe maternal morbidity has been issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). The document instructs healthcare providers to screen and review cases that meet at least one of two criteria: transfusion of at least four units of blood or intensive care unit admission of a pregnant or postpartum woman.

Maternal morbidity "can be considered a near miss for maternal mortality because without identification and treatment, in some cases, these conditions would lead to maternal death," the authors explain. "Identifying severe morbidity is, therefore, important for preventing such injuries that lead to mortality and for highlighting opportunities to avoid repeat injuries."