How is a multidisciplinary approach essential to the successful treatment of chorioamnionitis and related neonatal infections?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Fayez M Bany-Mohammed, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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Communication between obstetric and pediatric caregivers is essential to recognize neonatal infection. Recognition or suspicion of maternal chorioamnionitis is essential to reducing neonatal morbidity and mortality caused by early-onset bacterial infections in the neonate. Nurses and physicians who care for the mother must communicate their concerns about maternal infection to the nurses and physicians who care for the newborn after birth. Caregivers in the nursery must be critically aware of a neonate's signs and symptoms in relationship to the antepartum and intrapartum history.

Signs and symptoms in the mother that suggest chorioamnionitis and increase the risk of fetal or neonatal infection are described under Physical Examination. Although numerous ways to approach the diagnosis and treatment of neonatal sepsis are recognized, a hands-on assessment is the main key to recognition. The experienced physician or nurse in the nursery may indicate to fellow caregivers that the newborn has a septic appearance.

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