Prevention of Infection in the Obstetric Patient
Volume 55, Number 2, June 2012Julie E. Mangino, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Medical Director, Clinical Epidemiology, OSUMC, Columbus, Ohio Infections can range from being a nuisance to a devastating event and can become a "double whammy" for an expectant mother and her unborn child. Often, a healthy woman's primary contact with the medical profession is her obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob/Gyn). This places Ob/Gyn clinicians in a position to provide far-reaching endorsements for prevention and therapy both preconception and while pregnant to subsequently protect two persons with a single intervention. Numerous specific vaccine and infection prevention topics are highlighted to remind clinicians of the profound impact they have on their patients’ future.