July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month. Group B Strep (GBS), found in 10–30% of pregnant women, is the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ob-gyns have long been aware that preventing GBS is a key part of our commitment to protecting the health of newborns. Now we have the tools at our fingertips—literally—to be more effective.
In 2010, the CDC released new guidelines for GBS prevention. To help clinicians better implement them, the CDC worked with ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Family Physicians to develop an app called “Prevent Group B Strep.”
The app debuted in September 2013. It is designed specifically for obstetricians and other health care professionals who provide obstetric or neonatal care. It creates customized guidelines based on your patient’s characteristics. “Prevent Group B Strep” is free and available for Apple and Android devices.
If you haven’t already, download the app and implement it in your practice in this month. You can also help to educate your patients about the importance of GBS prevention by sharing ACOG’s patient education FAQ: Group B Strep and Pregnancy.
Spread the word about Group B Strep this month. Your efforts can help save more babies.