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Updated Guidelines on Group B Strep in the Newborn: An Evidence-Based Approach


By Bianca Leonardi MD , Neonatologist, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH


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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe an evidence-based approach to evaluation and management of newborns at risk for Group B strep. 2. Compare the new 2019 GBS guidelines to prior guidelines. 3. Identify GBS practice changes that have led to decreased incidence in disease burden.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses

Identified Gap:

Improved methods of treating newborns with Group B strep will improve their outcomes.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Dr. Leonardi has indicated that she has no relevant financial interest in any pharmaceutical or medical device company and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


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ACOG Committee Opinion.  Prevention of group B streptococcal early-onset disease in newborns.  Obstetrics Gynecology 2020; 135:e51-72.

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