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Unfamiliarity breeds infection

Wed 5th Dec 2007 by Ben Palmer.

… stage."

"These cases of classical puerperal sepsis due to Group A haemolytic streptococcal infection demonstrate that by the time sepsis is clinically obvious, infection is already well established and deterioration into widespread septicaemia, metabolic acidosis, coagulopathy and multi-organ failure is very rapid and often irreversible. The best defence against this situation is …

On twitter

Mon 2nd Mar 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… now a registered UK charity, to raise awareness of childbed fever - a post-natal septicaemic infection. Childbed fever accounted for 14% of maternal deaths in the UK between 2003 and 2005.

I'd like to stop unnecessary death and illness from this archaic disease.

Why did I follow you?

If you are wondering why you are being followed, it is probably because:

You caught my eye on a …

Rising GAS

Tue 24th Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

Group A Streptococcal infections are on the increase, according the the Health Protection Agency. The concern so far has been largely in cases of Scarlet Fever, which last December reached a 10 year high, the HPA reported.

The news is that there is now an enhanced surveillance protocol of severe group A …

In the grip

Tue 17th Jun 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… We can't vaccinate and we can't wash it out of the world, but we can spot the symptoms of its infection while there is still time to treat a mother before she requires long term hospitalisation, a hysterectomy or she dies.

Thank you

Fri 13th Jun 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… that their message is unread, unappreciated or unimportant because they all are.

Every story of infection is moving and upsetting - I want to cry at them all - but please keep them coming because it is important for everybody to see how often it does happen.

Every message left in reaction to Friday's Child means so much as well. I wasn't and am not looking for praise or thanks in writing …

Count down

Sun 1st Jun 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… then it will be a lot of people who know about the continuing danger of childbed fever and infection in otherwise healthy new mothers.

I really want it to be the start of the end of this cruel and un-prejudiced killer. Please, help me to make Jessica's untimely and unnecessary death one that counts.

Keith Cartwright MA BM FRCP FRCPath FFPH

Fri 30th May 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… diagnosis and management of meningococcal disease and other severe community-acquired infections.

He retired from the UK Department of Health's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in 2006 but continues as a member of the HPA Meningococcus Forum and Pneumococcus and Hib Forum.

He now undertakes a substantial amount of medico-legal work, mainly in the field of …

Misconception that matters

Mon 12th May 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… only took two doses of antibiotics to shift it, and how wrong she was to assume that the lack of infection second time around was because she was far from a maternity ward.

Yes you can acquire an infection in hospital - MRSA, C diff etc - but puerperal/childbed fever is not a hospital acquired infection - it is caused by community bacteria, and nobody is safe. I'm going to go on and on …

Don't test, tell

Thu 1st May 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… might have it. She must also be told of the vital importance of being seen, swabbed and treated if infection is suspected, before her health and her life are in danger.

* up to 30% of us may be carrying Group A Strep in our throats or on our skin

Childbed fever: the facts

Wed 16th Apr 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… fever or puerperal sepsis ) is a treatable illness that kills mothers. It is defined as infection of the uterus following the birth of a child. This infection, if unchecked, may spread into the bloodstream to cause septicaemia (blood poisoning) - a life-threatening illness that progresses in hours, not days, and may kill swiftly.

Childbed fever is rare, but is still a threat to …

What is childbed fever?

Childbed fever is an infection of the womb in new mothers which can lead to septicaemia. If left untreated infection will cause organ failure and death - even in young, fit mothers.
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Childbed fever: the facts »

What's the aim?

We would like every parent and every midwife and doctor to know that childbed fever is still a very real threat to a mother's life.
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Who is Jessica?

Jessica Palmer was a Mum. She died in June 2004, at 34 years old, of childbed fever caused by Group A streptococcus.
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