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World Health Organization Issues Statement on Maternal Sepsis

November 6, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a new Statement on Maternal Sepsis. Sepsis is recognized as the leading cause of maternal death around the world, particularly in developing countries. There is ongoing research into how best to reduce the risk of sepsis in this vulnerable population and how best to identify and manage sepsis throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

The new definition of maternal sepsis is:

“Maternal sepsis is a life-threatening condition defined as organ dysfunction resulting from infection during pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, or postpartum period.”

Read the full statement.