Brief Overview of State MMR or PAMR
The Alaska Maternal Child Death Review (MCDR) is a program that systematically and comprehensively reviews deaths using a multi-disciplinary consensus decision making approach. This model specifically aims to identify causes and contributing factors to maternal, infant, and child deaths in Alaska and develop recommendations to prevent future deaths. This goal is accomplished through expert committee reviews of medical records, autopsy reports, death scene investigation reports, and other relevant information that is compiled for every death. MCDR reviews any pregnancy-associated death that occurs within a year of a woman's having been pregnant, regardless of the cause of death. MCDR maternal review meetings are held on an annual basis to review all deaths that occurred the previous year. In cases where both the mother and infant dies, the cases are reviewed together if possible. Because Alaska's population is relatively small, the maternal and child death review programs are combined into one, and many committee members review both types of death.