Pregnancy-related sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency defined as organ dysfunction resulting from infection during pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, miscarriage, or the postpartum period. In the United States, sepsis or infection is the second leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths. Healthcare providers need to know the signs and symptoms of sepsis in pregnancy, as well as how to screen for sepsis early and initiate treatment, in order to combat this epidemic. Fast recognition and treatment of sepsis is key to increasing pregnant people’s chances of survival.
This new training module, jointly developed by Sepsis Alliance and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District II, describes the unique physiology during and following pregnancy and the challenges healthcare providers face when identifying and managing pregnancy-related sepsis. Presenters share strategies for recognizing and treating pregnancy-related sepsis in the emergency department, critical care and obstetrical units, as well as on the floor. Learners will also hear the personal experience of a survivor. Learners can take this module at their convenience and earn 2.50 RN CE Contact Hours or 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™!