Health matters: Sepsis & Pregnancy

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

April 29, 2011
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant listen up.
In a nationwide study of nearly 400,000 newborns, researchers found nearly one in 100,000 develops blood poisoning.
Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, occurs when bacteria invade the bloodstream and cause a system-wide infection.
It can lead to serious complications and poses a high risk of death in newborns.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal screening of women at 35-to-37 weeks of pregnancy.
But lead investigator, Dr. Barbara Stoll, professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine discovered one problem.
Stoll and her colleagues found many health providers fail to do the screening, even for some at-risk women.
Doctor Stoll says findings suggest accurate point-of-care diagnostic tests at the time a woman comes in for delivery would help identify at-risk women.
To learn more about story, check out the May issue of the Journal 'Pediatrics'.

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