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Sepsis causes 11% of maternal deaths globally; in 2016, an estimated 19 500 women died because of pregnancy-related infections. This burden is not limited to countries of low and middle income; 5% of maternal deaths in high-income settings are due to infection, and in the USA this figure has been estimated to be as high as 13%. For every woman that dies from pregnancy-related infection, 70 women have severe infection and survive, often with long-term health consequences. Maternal infection remains under-recognised and undertreated, and hence is the focus of a WHO global study and awareness campaign.Risk factors for maternal sepsis can be easily recognised, including caesarean section and operative vaginal birth (forceps or vacuum extraction)., Without prophylaxis, an estimated……… continue reading https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30773-1/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email