Maternal sepsis is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Data from the California Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) committee report estimate that 63% of maternal deaths from sepsis had a good or strong chance to have been preventable. Furthermore, for each maternal death, there are 50 women who experience life-threatening morbidity from sepsis. This is concerning, given that prompt recognition and rapid treatment of pregnant and postpartum women with sepsis usually results in good outcomes in this young and generally healthy population.

To help healthcare providers implement evidence- based methods for timely recognition of sepsis, CMQCC published the Improving Diagnosis and Treatment of Maternal Sepsis toolkit in January 2020.

The toolkit is available to download in the “Resources” section of our website:

 Improving Diagnosis and Treatment of Maternal Sepsis