We Can Stop Maternal Sepsis.
Every pregnant (or recently pregnant) woman and newborn is at risk of an infection that could trigger sepsis. Sepsis is life-threatening, but when caught early and treated promptly, it can be stopped.
We are mobilizing healthcare providers like you caring for pregnant or recently pregnant women and newborns. You have the power to stop these avoidable deaths, by being alert and working together to suspect, treat, and prevent this unseen killer.
Awareness is the first step to preventing maternal and neonatal sepsis.
KNOW THE DEFINITION
Maternal sepsis is a life-threatening condition defined as organ dysfunction resulting from infection during pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, or postpartum period.
UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT
Infections are the primary cause of about 35 000 maternal deaths every year. Sepsis can contribute to up to 100 000 maternal deaths every year.
Sepsis kills more than 1 million newborns every year.
SUSPECT SEPSIS AND ACT FAST
If you think a pregnant (or recently pregnant) woman or a newborn baby has sepsis, act fast. Sepsis is life-threatening, but when caught early and treated promptly, it can be stopped.
2.Give IV antibiotics
3.Identify & treat the source of infection
4.Consider transfer to specialised care
5.Monitor vital signs of the mother and foetus
Sources: WHO and The Global Sepsis Alliance
Maternal sepsis continues to be a leading cause of death for women and newborns. We need to understand why. The Global Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis Initiative aims to answer those questions through research, collaboration, innovation, and advocacy efforts to stop maternal sepsis. Later this year, we will conduct the Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS) a research effort in 54 countries which will help better estimate the burden of maternal and neonatal sepsis around the world.