New publication by our colleagues in Colombia

Our colleagues in Colombia have just published an article that aimed to compare the characterization of an obstetric population diagnosed with sepsis using two scales: the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis”related organ failure assessment (SOFA). They included 688 pregnant women who were admitted in the high-complexity obstetric unit and intensive care unit in a hospital in Cali, Colombia. They found that using the SIRS scale could promote early sepsis management by identifying patients who require admission to the high-dependency units. However, they found low concordance between these two scales, suggesting the need to create diagnostic scales specifically for  obstetric populations.

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Congratulations to our colleagues!

Today is World Sepsis Day!

In recognition of this day and the hard work by all the providers and country coordinators participating in GLOSS, WHO just published an article showcasing Mexico. Although an awareness campaign accompanied the study to be implemented in all participating facilities, the country coordinator in Mexico decided to implement it country-wide, even in facilities that were not participating in GLOSS. This decision was made as a result of their own assessments at hospitals in every state in Mexico; they discovered that infections were among the top causes of death among women during or after pregnancy. Women had acquired these infections in both hospitals and communities. Dr Herrera Maldonado (GLOSS country coordinator) and her collaborators decided they must do more to understand how maternal sepsis was identified and managed.

“If we suspect sepsis we can have an impact on the reduction of maternal deaths from a preventable cause.” Dr Herrera Maldonado

With a better understanding of maternal sepsis, and with improved awareness of how to prevent, recognise and treat the condition, Dr Herrera Maldonado felt the GLOSS campaign would help Mexico to prevent maternal deaths nationwide.

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