Every pregnant (or recently pregnant) woman is at risk of an infection that could trigger sepsis, a leading cause of death for women. WHO has developed a standardised definition of maternal and neonatal sepsis to bring it in line with the current understanding of sepsis in the adult population: “maternal sepsis is a life-threatening condition defined as organ dysfunction resulting from infection during pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, or postpartum period”.
On 12 September 2017, the second session of the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis focused specifically on the new WHO definition of maternal sepsis and current research, knowledge and initiatives to better understand maternal sepsis and how to best suspect, treat and prevent it.
We are pleased to share the full video for the WSC Spotlight session on maternal sepsis here.
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Chair: Arri Coomarasamy, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Maternal Sepsis — Challenges, Burden, Definition, and Identification
Joao Paulo Souza, WHO, Switzerland
Prevention and Management of Maternal Sepsis
David Lissauer, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Management of Maternal Septic Shock
Maria Fernanda Escobar Vidarte, FIGO, Colombia
The Global Maternal Sepsis Study
Mercedes Bonet, WHO, Switzerland
Addressing Maternal Sepsis in LMIC
Jeffrey Smith, Jhpiego, United States
You can access the full suite of materials shared at the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis on the WSC Youtube channel or via podcasts available in the Apple iTunes store. Please visit www.wscspotlight.org/schedule for the full release schedule.