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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 10 (2002), Issue 4, Pages 223-229

Compliance With a Protocol for Intrapartum Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Sepsis in Women With Clinical Risk Factors

1Department of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia
2Central Sydney Division of General Practice, Sydney, Australia
3NSW Center for Perinatal Health Services Research, Sydney, Australia
4School of Population Health and Health Services Research, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
5Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia
6Department of Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
7Level 1, 381 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW, 2131, Australia

Received 15 March 2002; Accepted 30 May 2002

Copyright © 2002 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of clinical risk factors (CRF) for neonatal sepsis in laboring women and to evaluate clinician compliance with a CRF-based protocol for intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP).

Methods: A retrospective chart audit was undertaken at a district hospital (A) and a tertiary obstetric hospital (B) in Sydney, Australia between 1996 and 1998, to determine compliance with IAP in women with defined CRF.

Results: Eighty-five (12%) women at Hospital A and 117 (19%) at Hospital B had one or more CRF. Overall compliance rates with the IAP protocols were 65 and 50%at Hospitals A and B respectively, but varied according to maternal, obstetric and sepsis-related risk factors. We postulate that differences between the hospitals were related to protocol implementation.

Conclusions: Compliance with a CRF-based protocol was lower than previously reported. Improvements in protocol development, implementation and maintenance are required to enhance compliance with IAP based on CRF.