Infection Prevention and Control in Maternal and Neonatal Care

An increased number of women are attending health facilities for antenatal care, labour, childbirth and neonatal care. One in ten deaths associated with pregnancy and childbirth is due to sepsis with more than 95% of deaths due to maternal sepsis occurring in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Caesarean section is the single most important risk factor for maternal infection after childbirth. Among hospital-born babies, infections are responsible for 4% to 56% of all causes of death in the neonatal period and three in ten deaths due to neonatal sepsis are attributable to resistant pathogens. Therefore, there is an urgent need for strengthened training strategies, more specifically, on improving successful infection prevention and control (IPC) implementation and country capacity building. Staff working in maternal and neonatal wards – specifically, antenatal care outpatient services, maternal and neonatal inpatient services and neonatal intensive care services.

Self-paced
Language: English
Normative

Course information

Deaths from maternal and neonatal sepsis expose broader health determinants and underlying issues of quality of care including infrastructure constraints, inconsistent use of infection preventive measures, delayed diagnosis, and poor management of infection and its complications. One of the most relevant determinants of this situation is poor knowledge of IPC standards and principles among front line health care workers and the lack of IPC specialists to support training, mentorship and monitoring in LMICs. Therefore, there is an urgent need for strengthened training strategies, including the development of standardized training packages for IPC professionals in low-resource settings to support successful implementation and IPC country capacity building.

The toolkit is divided into 6 sessions. The first session covers the essential knowledge of standard precautions required for good infection prevention and control. The other five sessions develop this knowledge and apply it clinically to common situations in antenatal care, labour, childbirth and neonatal care. Currently the first three sessions are now available.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Infection prevention and control
  • Module 2: Care of the pregnant woman in antenatal clinic
  • Module 3: Admission of the pregnant woman, labour and uncomplicated childbirth
  • Module 4: When interventions are required in labour (in production)
  • Module 5: Caesarean section (in production)
  • Module 6: Special neonatal circumstances (in production)

Course duration: Approximately 3 hours

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who have completed modules 1-3 of the course.

The goal of this training package is to integrate IPC standards and practices within the key steps of the care pathway for women and newborns, from the pre-natal to the post-natal period.

Course contents

  • Introduction to infection prevention and control in the context of maternal and neonatal care:

    In this module, you will learn about the global burden of health care-associated infections (HAIs), maternal and neonatal infections including sepsis, and how tailored infection prevention and control (IPC) training approaches for health workers providing maternal and neonatal care can help bridge the knowledge gap and reduce HAIs.
  • Prevention, screening and management of infections during routine care of the pregnant woman in antenatal clinic:

    This module refers to prevention, screening and management of maternal infections during pregnancy, and how to IPC standard and additional precautions during provision of routine antenatal care to the pregnant women. Participants should undertake module 1 and associated IPC basic modules, before this module in order to learn about the global burden of HAIs and maternal and neonatal infections, including sepsis, and to be introduced to IPC.
  • Care of the pregnant woman and baby during uncomplicated labour, childbirth, and the early postnatal period:

    This module covers the essential knowledge of infection prevention and control (IPC)precautions during admission of the labouring pregnant women, uncomplicated labour, childbirth and early postnatal period. Participants should undertake module 1 and associated IPC basic modules, before this module in order to learn about the global burden of health care-associated infections (HAIs) and maternal and neonatal infections, including sepsis, and to be introduced to IPC.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 100% of the course material.