Maternal Sepsis: Epidemiology, Early Detection, and Equity Considerations

Maternal Sepsis: Epidemiology, Early Detection, and Equity Considerations

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Recorded On: 05/17/2023


Sepsis in labor and postpartum is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. In this special Maternal Sepsis Week program, you'll learn about the epidemiology of obstetric sepsis and how it affects different populations. Early detection and management of sepsis, awareness of inequities and recognizing the increased risk of adverse outcomes in some obstetrical patient populations is vital to improving outcomes. 
The importance of equity considerations in sepsis care will also be explored, as well as how to recognize and address potential disparities in access to care, treatment, and outcomes for people in labor and delivery with sepsis. 

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of obstetric sepsis and inequities in sepsis care; 
  • Identify clinical and systems-based challenges in the early recognition and management of sepsis; 
  • Recognize potential strategies in identifying and treating patients with sepsis, with an eye on equity. 

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Webinar Supporter: 

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the Ohio Hospital Association for this webinar. 


Malavika Prabhu, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialist and Assistant Professor

Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Malavika Prabhu, MD, is a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist and an assistant professor at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Prabhu completed her obstetrics/gynecology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by her MFM fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her clinical interests include maternal sepsis, infectious diseases in obstetrics, and severe maternal mortality and morbidity. 

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.8 contact hours.

Other healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.5 contact hours.

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