Sepsis is the leading cause of direct maternal mortality, resulting in 27 deaths in the UK between 2006 and 2008:(1) in 70% of these cases, CMACE identified substandard care.(1) The Surviving Sepsis campaign supports early recognition and treatment of sepsis, and improved survival by implementing six evidence based management steps in non-pregnant populations.(2) However, this is not widely used in obstetric care. We aimed to develop and implement a tool utilizing the physiological and biochemical parameters of pregnancy, whilst identifying the clinical features that should raise suspicion of sepsis in this vulnerable group of patients.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal edition|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|