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Severe maternal sepsis should be considered obstetric emergency

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4435 (Published 09 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4435
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Signs of severe sepsis, particularly with confirmed or suspected group A streptococcal infection, should be considered an obstetric emergency and routinely included in obstetric emergency training courses, researchers have concluded.1

A study, published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine, found that for each maternal sepsis death in the UK, approximately 50 women have life threatening morbidity from sepsis.

Researchers, led by Marian Knight from the University of Oxford, say doctors should be aware that antibiotics do not necessarily …

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