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  1. Prognosis for Neonatal Sepsis. The fatality rate is 2 to 4 times higher in LBW infants than in full-term infants. The overall mortality rate of early-onset sepsis is 3 to 40% (that of early-onset GBS infection is 2 to 10%) and of late-onset sepsis is 2 to 20% (that of late-onset GBS is about 2%).

  2. Prognosis for Neonatal Sepsis. The fatality rate is 2 to 4 times higher in LBW infants than in full-term infants. The overall mortality rate of early-onset sepsis is 3 to 40% (that of early-onset GBS infection is 2 to 10%) and of late-onset sepsis is 2 to 20% (that of late-onset GBS is about 2%).

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  4. Can Early Changes in Vital signs Predict Duration of ...

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    Neonatal sepsis remains a key area of interest within paediatrics and research to date has yielded improvements in sepsis rates and mortality in the newborn period. 2 Much of this improvement is attributable to high-quality care in the antenatal and early postpartum period, with particular success seen in the prevention of Group B Streptococcus ...

  5. Neonatal sepsis - ScienceDirect

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    Jun 01, 2019 · Neonatal sepsis is a cause of significant mortality and morbidity. It can be early (less than 72 h) or late onset (more than 72 h age). Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the leading cause of early onset neonatal sepsis (EONS). Risk factors include maternal sepsis, prolonged rupture of membranes, chorioamnionitis and GBS colonization.

    • Introduction
    • Aetiology and Risk Factors 1,2
    • Clinical Features
    • Differential Diagnoses
    • Investigations 4,6
    • Management 4,6
    • Prognosis and Complications 7
    • Key Points
    • References

    Neonatal sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by systemic bacterial, viral or fungal infection within the first 28 days of life. It is classified as early-onset neonatal sepsis (occurring within the first 48-72 hours of life) or late-onset neonatal sepsis (occurring after the first 48-72 hours of life) to reflect the differing microbiology and to guide empirical management.1 Neonatal sepsis is a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity and has an incidence of 6.1 per 1000 live births and 48.8 per 1000 admissions to the neonatal unit in the UK.2This article aims to give you an overview of the key points regarding this important neonatal condition.

    Neonates are susceptible to infection as the newborn immune system is immature. This is especially true in preterm infants. Early-onset sepsis is caused by infection with organisms from the maternal genital tract, while late-onset sepsis is caused by organisms acquired through interaction with the home or hospital environment. The most common organisms and important risk factors are compared below (Table 1). Table 1. Comparing risk factors and organisms for early and late-onset neonatal sepsis. While neonatal sepsis is commonly associated with bacterial infection, viruses and fungi can cause sepsis too. These usually result in late-onset sepsis. The most common viruses are herpes simplex virus (HSV) and enteroviruses, and the most common fungus is Candida albicans. *A global perspective: It is worth noting that, although the above table represents the commonest organisms in high-income countries such as the UK, Klebsiella species, E. coli and Staph. aureus are significant causes of...

    The clinical features of neonatal sepsis may be non-specific; therefore, it is important to consider this life-threatening condition among your list of differentials in any sick neonate.

    As the presentation of neonatal sepsis is generally non-specific, several other conditions have a similar presentation. Due to the difficulty of excluding sepsis clinically, antibiotics are usually still given whilst awaiting investigation results. Possible differential diagnoses for neonatal sepsis include: 1. Congenital infections* (e.g. TORCH):Toxoplasmosis, Other (e.g. syphilis, varicella-zoster, parvovirus B19, HIV), Rubella, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes simplex virus. 2. Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) 3. Transient tachypnoea of the newborn (TTN) 4. Necrotising enterocolitis(NEC) 5. Congenital pneumonia 6. Congenital heart disease 7. Haemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) 8. Metabolic diseases (e.g. galactosaemia) *A note on terminology: ‘congenital infection’ refers to an infection that is acquired by the fetus in utero (usually through the placenta), whereas ‘neonatal infection’ refers to infection acquired during or after delivery.5

    Laboratory investigations 1. Full blood count (FBC) and CRP 2. Blood cultures 3. Lumbar puncture 4. Urine culture (‘in-out’ catheter or suprapubic aspiration) 5. Swabs of specific lesions (skin swabs of pustules, eye swabs for eye discharge etc.) Imaging 1. Chest X-ray (if respiratory signs present on examination) 2. Abdominal X-ray (if abdominal signs present on examination) Other investigations More recently, scoring systems have been developed in an attempt to predict the risk of neonatal sepsis, guide management and reduce unnecessary antibiotic exposure. Currently, the most commonly used is the Kaiser Permanente Neonatal Early-Onset Sepsis Calculator. This score combines maternal risk factors (such as maternal temperature, duration of rupture of membrane and maternal GBS status) with the clinical appearance of the baby to estimate the risk of early-onset sepsis at birth and provide a recommended management plan.

    Neonatal sepsis is a life-threatening emergency. As such, prompt empirical management with broad-spectrum antibiotics is warranted whilst awaiting investigation results. The exact choice of antibiotic therapy can get complicated and depends on the local sensitivities of the neonatal unit you are working in (always consult local guidelines and the BNFC). However, in the interest of simplicity, some common empirical therapy options are listed below.

    Complications of neonatal sepsis: 1. Poor cognitive development 2. Visual or hearing deficits 3. Cerebral palsy 4. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) 5. Death

    Neonatal sepsis is caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infection.
    It is classified as either early-onset (<48-72 hours) or late-onset(>48-72 hours) sepsis.
    The presentation can be non-specific, so diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion.
    Key investigations include a septic screen(blood, CSF and urine cultures, FBC and CRP) with further investigations for specific concerns.
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    Cailes B. et al. Epidemiology of UK neonatal infections: the neonIN infection surveillance network. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2018 Nov;103(6):F547-53. Available from: [LINK].
    Zaidi A.K.M. et al. Pathogens associated with sepsis in newborns and young infants in developing countries. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Jan;28(1 Suppl):S10-8. Available from: [LINK].
    National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Neonatal infection (early onset): antibiotics for prevention and treatment (CG149) [Internet]. 2012 [cited 12 June 2020]. Available from: [...
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  6. Risk of Early-Onset Neonatal Infection with Maternal ...

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    Aug 20, 2013 · Excluding studies with a high risk of confounding bias yielded ORs of 9.1 (95% CI 2.4–34.0) and 7.7 (95% CI 4.6–13.0) for “lab/lab” and “signs/lab” analyses, respectively. We also conducted a sensitivity analysis including only studies that clearly defined early-onset neonatal sepsis during the first 7 d of life.

  7. Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis 2015 to 2017, the Rise of ...

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    Most of the infected infants had signs compatible with sepsis, including respiratory distress and hypotension, but these are common findings among VLBW infants. 15,16 Delivery characteristics may be more useful to predict EOS: 82 (97.6%) preterm infants with E coli or GBS infection were born by vaginal or cesarean delivery after preterm ROM or ...

  8. Neonatal Sepsis Treatment & Management: Approach ...

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    Jun 13, 2019 · Neonatal sepsis may be categorized as early-onset or late-onset. Of newborns with early-onset sepsis, 85% present within 24 hours, 5% present at 24-48 hours, and a smaller percentage present within 48-72 hours.

  9. Mirco Final Flashcards | Quizlet

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    Both are able to reproduce only within a eukaryotic cell. In the final trimester of pregnancy, your test results came back positive for an infection that would likely be damaging for the newborn, so your doctor wants to prescribe an antibiotic. What organism is the likely culprit here. Group B Streptococcus.

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