Kaiser Permanente based California has released a sepsis risk calculator. This calculator has reduced the use of antibiotics in newborns by 50 percent. Babies develop sepsis when exposed to bacteria from the mothers genital track and it can be very dangerous. Despite group B strep screenings before birth, a small percentage of babies still get infected. Some who are thought infected, are administered antibiotics before blood cultures come back, often unnecessarily. Now babies can be identified as high risk while low risk babies don’t receive antibiotics they don’t need. Not only does the baby need to be separated from it’s parents to receive antibiotics, early antibiotic use in infants has been linked to autoimmune disorders, obesity and asthma in later childhood. With this new system in place, babies don’t get exposed to problem causing antibiotics and parents are not interrupted when bonding with their child.
- 1Kaiser Permanente, the largest integrated health system in the nation, led the development of a neonatal sepsis risk calculator that has safely reduced antibiotic use by nearly 50 percent in newborns, according to research published today in JAMA Pediatrics.
- 2Early-onset neonatal sepsis is a systemic bacterial infection that can develop when normal bacteria from the mother’s gastrointestinal or genital tract causes an infection in her baby.
- 3These infections can be very dangerous in newborns and can result in meningitis or even death.
Early-onset neonatal sepsis is a systemic bacterial infection that can develop when normal bacteria from the mother’s gastrointestinal or genital tract causes an infection in her baby.