- Top of page
- Risk factors for genital tract sepsis
- Causative organisms
- The pathophysiology of sepsis
- Initial assessment
- The management of genital tract sepsis
- Management of septic shock
- Infection of the perineum
- Preventative measures
- While maternal mortality is declining overall, maternal deaths due to sepsis have risen in recent triennia.
- Risk factors such as obesity, impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes, impaired immunity and anaemia should be identified and highlighted by health professionals.
- Most maternal deaths occur due to substandard care, such as failure or delay in the diagnosis and late referral to hospital.
- It is recommended that all maternity units use the Modified Obstetric Early Warning Scoring system for the early recognition of serious illness.
- To be able to identify risk factors for genital tract sepsis, as well as signs and symptoms.
- To learn about a model of care for initial assessment and management.
- To learn about the guiding principles for antibiotic therapy.
- To understand the consequences of delayed management and potentially life-threatening scenarios.
- Given the real concerns regarding the safety and adverse effects of antibiotics, should empirical treatment be given to all women?
- The risks of unhelpful and unnecessary investigations should be balanced against the risks associated with delay and possible misdiagnosis.