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2020 May 14

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth



Risk factors for postpartum sepsis: a nested case-control study.


Bakhtawar S, Sheikh S, Qureshi R, Hoodbhoy Z, Payne B, Azam I, von Dadelszen P, Magee L
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 May 14; 20(1):297.
PMID: 32410594.


The Majority (99%) of maternal deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. The three most important causes of maternal deaths in these regions are postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and puerperal sepsis. There are several diagnostic criteria used to identify sepsis and one of the commonly used criteria is systematic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). However, these criteria require laboratory investigations that may not be feasible in resource-constrained settings. Therefore, this study aimed to develop a model based on risk factors and clinical signs and symptoms that can identify sepsis early among postpartum women.