Bugs, babies and birthing: midwifery management of sepsis
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Sepsis is a complex, multi-organ disorder that may have catastrophic effects on the woman and fetus, resulting in the rapid deterioration of the woman's health and subsequent serious morbidity and mortality. Guidelines specifically for pregnant women are derived from research on the non-pregnant population, and a lack of hospital guidelines for the management of sepsis in pregnancy has been identified. Considerations of physiological changes that occur in pregnant women make diagnostic thresholds difficult, thus identifying the need for a standard definition of sepsis in the obstetric population. This article will discuss the diagnosis and the midwife's role in the management of sepsis in pregnancy.