CMQCC has released their newest toolkit: Improving Diagnosis and Treatment of Maternal Sepsis. Maternal sepsis is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Data from the California Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) committee report estimate that 63% of maternal deaths from sepsis had a good or strong chance to have been preventable.
Furthermore, for each maternal death, there are 50 women who experience life-threatening morbidity from sepsis. This is concerning, given that prompt recognition and rapid treatment of pregnant and postpartum women with sepsis usually result in good outcomes in this young and generally healthy population. The toolkit is an evidence-based guide for timely recognition and treatment for this life-threatening condition.
The Improving Diagnosis and Treatment of Maternal Sepsis toolkit was developed by the Maternal Sepsis Task Force as a resource for obstetricians, rapid response teams, and intensive care units who interact with women during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. The toolkit introduces a new two-step screening and confirmation process to more accurately diagnose and treat maternal sepsis.
Key Elements and resources include:
- A new two-step approach to screening
- Algorithm for Maternal Sepsis Evaluation Flow Chart
- Assessment and monitoring recommendations
- Guidelines for distinguishing chorioamnionitis/intraamniotic infection from sepsis
- Guidelines for antibiotics and source control by infectious conditions