From 1 April 2017 our members were required to report to us within 30 days all maternity incidents of potentially severe brain injury (in line with the criteria used by the Each Baby Counts programme of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists), namely all babies born at term (≥37 completed weeks of gestation), following labour, that had a potentially severe brain injury diagnosed in the first seven days of life. These are any babies that fall into the categories:
- Was diagnosed with grade III hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) or
- Was therapeutically cooled (active cooling only) or
- Had decreased central tone AND was comatose AND had seizures of any kind
The trust legal services department should be informed by clinical teams within 14 days that a notifiable severe brain injury incident has occurred by using this form.
The trust legal services department should then report the incident to us within 30 days of the incident.