July/August 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 4 - Contributor Index

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Sepsis in Obstetrics: Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Definitions

Parfitt, Sheryl E.; Bogat, Mary L.; Hering, Sandra L.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(4):194-198, July/August 2017.

Sepsis in obstetrics can be challenging to identify in a timely manner so that appropriate treatment can be initiated within the first crucial hours to promote a positive outcome. The proposed pathophysiology of sepsis, new definitions associated with sepsis and septic shock, and application to maternity care are presented.

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Sepsis in Obstetrics: Clinical Features and Early Warning Tools

Parfitt, Sheryl E.; Bogat, Mary L.; Hering, Sandra L.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(4):199-205, July/August 2017.

Risk factors for obstetric sepsis, causes, signs and symptoms, and maternal early warning tools are discussed. A recent case is presented that highlights the potential for significant maternal morbidity when there is a delay in identification of development of sepsis during pregnancy and postpartum.

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Sepsis in Obstetrics: Treatment, Prognosis, and Prevention

Parfitt, Sheryl E.; Bogat, Mary L.; Roth, Cheryl

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(4):206-209, July/August 2017.

Sepsis during pregnancy is one of the five leading causes of maternal mortality world-wide. Early recognition and prompt treatment are necessary to improve patient outcomes. Case studies, treatment strategies, prognosis, suggestions for education for clinicians and patients, and recommendations to prevent maternal sepsis are included.

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