Postpartum Sepsis

  • Madhu Nagpal


Postpartum sepsis contributes to maternal mortality as a direct cause in significant proportion. Its incidence varies globally, being more in developing nations. The sepsis is more commonly related to childbirth process and early pregnancy miscarriages including illegally induced abortions. There is need to prevent sepsis primarily by adopting infection control measures at all levels. Sepsis should be recognized early and treated vigorously to prevent severe sepsis, septic shock and multiorgan failure. The clinical symptomatology and laboratory parameters need to be monitored intensively for instituting appropriate interventions. The antibiotics and fluid resuscitation besides infection source control are mainstay of therapy. There should be no delay in referring sepsis patients to appropriate higher centre where critical care is available. A prophylactic dose of antibiotic prior to surgical procedure is an evidence-based risk reduction strategy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhu Nagpal
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  1. 1.SGRD IMS&RAmritsarIndia

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