Maternal Sepsis: Recognition, Treatment, and Escalation of Care
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Purpose of Review
The purpose of this article is to provide a brief review of maternal sepsis and the supporting literature for recognition and management.
Recent findings suggest that there is significant room for improvement in identifying patients at risk, expeditiously providing appropriate intervention, and developing action plans to best care for these patients and prevent morbidity and mortality.
Improved education and understanding of the unique presentation of sepsis during pregnancy may help to improve detection, timely treatment, and expedite appropriate transfer to higher levels of care.
KeywordsSepsis Maternal mortality Maternal death Septic shock Postpartum period Delayed diagnosis
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Conflict of Interest
Emily E. Naoum and Melissa E. Bauer declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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