Maternal Sepsis: Recognition, Treatment, and Escalation of Care

  • Emily E. Naoum
  • Melissa E. BauerEmail author
Obstetric Anesthesia (LR Leffert, Section Editor)
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  1. Obstetric Anesthesia


Purpose of Review

The purpose of this article is to provide a brief review of maternal sepsis and the supporting literature for recognition and management.

Recent Findings

Recent findings suggest that there is significant room for improvement in identifying patients at risk, expeditiously providing appropriate intervention, and developing action plans to best care for these patients and prevent morbidity and mortality.


Improved education and understanding of the unique presentation of sepsis during pregnancy may help to improve detection, timely treatment, and expedite appropriate transfer to higher levels of care.


Sepsis Maternal mortality Maternal death Septic shock Postpartum period Delayed diagnosis 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Emily E. Naoum and Melissa E. Bauer declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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