Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students
|Haith-Cooper M, Stacey T and Bailey F (2018) Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students. British Journal of Midwifery. 26(4): 248-253.
|Background Women are discharged home from hospital increasingly early, but there is little evidence examining the postnatal hospital discharge process and how this may impact on the health of women and babies. In particular, there is little on sepsis prevention advice, despite it being the biggest direct cause of maternal mortality. Aim To explore the perceptions of women and senior student midwives related to the postnatal hospital discharge process and maternal sepsis prevention advice. Methods Three focus group interviews were undertaken, involving 9 senior student midwives and 14 women attending paid or specialist classes for vulnerable migrant women. Findings All participants believed that the postnatal hospital discharge process was inadequate, rushed and inconsistent. Sepsis advice was patchy and the condition underplayed. Conclusions Cost effective, time-efficient and innovative ways to impart vital information are required to support the postnatal hospital discharge process.
|© 2018 MA Healthcare Ltd. This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Midwifery, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2018.26.4.248
|Postnatal hospital discharge; Maternal sepsis; Focus group discussion
|Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students