The Brisbane Mater Mothers’ Public Hospital is investigating the death of a mum who died just days after being sent home after giving birth.
It’s understood the woman was discharged from hospital last month and had suffered a suspected blood clot after having a caesarean delivery.
Mater Health Chief Executive Officer Sean Hubbard confirmed on Thursday the woman’s death was being investigated but gave no further details.
“As would be the case with any unexpected clinical outcome, Mater will conduct a thorough and detailed review into the care and treatment provided while she was at Mater,” he said in a statement.
“The case has also been referred to the coroner.”
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles did not comment directly on the woman’s case but did say Queensland public maternity services are among the safest in the world.
“The Palaszczuk government has focused on increasing resources and staff, making sure that Queensland mums and bubs, and their families have the very best pre and post-natal care,” Mr Miles said in a statement.
The president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Michael Gannon, said although some new mothers were happy to go home as soon as possible, others would benefit from more time in hospital to get used to breastfeeding, bond with their baby and ask questions.
“It’s extremely important that hospitals have discharge protocols and this is not at all an argument against sensible discharge times,” Dr Gannon told Guardian Australia last year.
“But we have seen a reduction in length of stay in public hospitals and even private maternity units over the years. As someone who has delivered thousands of babies over the years I have great sympathy and compassion for the difficulties that can occur once returning home.”
Healthy women who have experienced uncomplicated vaginal births can go home six hours after delivery. Women with uncomplicated caesarean procedures could be discharged after 72 hours.
We recently shared some SA mums are being sent home only 24 hours after giving birth by elective caesarean in a new trial. Read more on that here.
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