Learning Objectives

  • Recognize warning signs of maternal sepsis.

  • Identify initial treatment strategies for maternal sepsis.


Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndromes (SIRS)

Defined by two or more of the following:

  • Temperature >38 or <36°C

  • Heart rate >90 beats per minute

  • Respiratory rate >20 breaths/minute or PaCO 2 <32 mmHg

  • White blood cells >12,000 cells/mm 3 or <4000 cells/mm 3 or >10% bands


Defined by SIRS with a source of infection .

Technical and nontechnical skill sets with regards to maternal sepsis.

Severe Sepsis

Defined by sepsis with end organ dysfunction ( Fig. 21.1 ).

Fig. 21.1

Maternal sepsis can result in multisystem organ failure.

Surviving Sepsis Guidelines

Apr 6, 2024 | Posted by in OBSTETRICS | Comments Off on Sepsis

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