We Can Stop Maternal Sepsis.
Every pregnant woman and newborn baby is at risk of an infection that could trigger sepsis, an often hidden cause of illness and death. Sepsis is life-threatening, but when caught early and treated promptly, it can be stopped.
We are mobilising 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
Sepsis kills 35,000 women every year and contributes to another 100,000 maternal deaths attributed to other causes.
Sepsis kills more than 1 million newborns every year, mainly in low- and middle-income countries.
SUSPECT SEPSIS AND ACT FAST
If you think a woman or her newborn baby has sepsis, act fast. Sepsis is life-threatening, but when caught early and treated promptly, it is easy to stop.
2.Give IV antibiotics
3.Identify the source of infection
4.Treat the source of infection
5.Monitor vital signs of the mother and foetus
6.Encourage transfer of the women or newborn to specialised care
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. The Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS) is a research effort in 53 countries to help better estimate the burden of maternal and neonatal sepsis around the world.