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

03-05-2021

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

Neonatology

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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:

03-04-2022

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.

Disclosure:

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. 

Bibliography:

Puopolo, KM et al.  Committee on Fetus and Newborn, AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases.  Management of infants at risk for group B streptococcal disease.  Pediatrics.  2019; 144(2)e20191881. 

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

Kuzniewicz MW, Walsh EM, Li S, Fischer A, Escobar GJ. Development and Implementation of an Early-Onset Sepsis Calculator to Guide Antibiotic Management in Late Preterm and Term Neonates. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016 May;42(5):232-9.​