Group A streptococcal puerperal sepsis: management and prevention
Please cite this paper as: Palaniappan N, Menezes M, Willson P. Group A streptococcal puerperal sepsis: management and prevention. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2012;14:9–16.
Nithiya Palaniappan. Email: NITHIYA@doctors.org.uk
- • Group A streptococcus is a life-threatening cause of puerperal sepsis.
- • Enhanced surveillance by the Health Protection Agency (UK) has shown a recent resurgence of this potentially fatal pathogen.
- • Sources of infection are often not identifiable.
- • To understand the incidence, diagnosis and complications of group A streptococcal infection in the puerperium.
- • To identify features that distinguish this condition from the more common and usually more benign pathogens.
- • To learn about the choice of antibiotics used for the infection.
- • To learn about the prevention and management of the infection in the hospital environment.
- • Do we need to treat household contacts?