Sepsis is a leading cause of death in pregnancy and results in significant perinatal mortality. These deaths occur despite the younger age of pregnant patients, the low rate of comorbid conditions and the potential for effective interventions that should result in rapid resolution of illness. To date, no "evidence-based" recommendations are specific to the pregnant patient who is critically ill or septic. Optimal care for the septic patient requires a multidisciplinary team with expertise in obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, critical care, infectious disease, anesthesia, and pharmacy. Coordination of care and good communication amongst team members is essential. Incorporation of early goal directed therapy for suspected sepsis into obstetric practice is needed to optimize maternal and neonatal outcomes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Sep 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology