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Group B Strep Awareness Month on SMNET

Discussion in 'SMNET Announcements' started by _Josie, Jul 1, 2013.

  • by _Josie, Jul 1, 2013 at 13:48
  • _Josie

    _Josie Guest

    This month we will be supporting your learning and development about Group B Strep with the support of the fantastic folks at Group B Strep Support.

    The questions that you were all asking about Group B Strep throughout June are now with the GBSS medical panel and we will report back with their replies during our GBS awareness month here on SMNET.

    Look out for the fantastic Jane Plumb MBE founder of GBSS on 31st July 7-8pm ~ she will be here LIVE on SMNET taking your questions and talking about Group B Strep.

    Here's some food for thought..... 40% of early onset group B Strep infection in babies has no recognised risk factors, although the mothers will unknowingly be carriers.......

    Discover facts like these here on SMNET this month ~ why not follow GBSS on Facebook and GBSS on Twitter to ensure you are kept up to date all year round. Take a look at the GBSS dedicated information resources for Health Professionals too here.

    Keen to learn more? Download FREE information materials from GBSS here.

    Keep an eye out for SMNET's COTW this month to........

    Have you seen the petition about offering routine testing for Group B Strep? Take a look here.

    Thanks to Jane and the team at GBSS for supporting our members learning. :)
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Discussion in 'SMNET Announcements' started by _Josie, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. _Josie
    Group B Strep is a very evocative subject in midwifery...... it is an issue that divides opinion, of course no-one wants to see a baby die from meningitis or pneumonia due to GBS ~ so how to we manage GBS? a simple test to save a life? or are we risking mothers and babies health with the over use of antibiotics? Are we investing in saving lives or wasting money? Should women be routinely tested? Are there alternatives?

    What's your view?
  2. Popty Ping
    Hi Josie, I don't know anything about this, so I'm happy to have the link to the support group to find out more. On the whole I do worry about the over use of antibiotics but the risks seem very significant for the babies. Testing then treating seems to be the answer, anyway gonna have a good old read now
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  3. iolaus
    I would suggest anyone read widely around the topic, not just on the GBSS site, while they may be well meaning a charity run by bereaved parents are not going to be able to look at all the evidence with an unbiased eye and may present findings in a way which promotes their own cause.

    If you are the one in 10,000* where your baby dies due to GBS you will view testing and antibiotic cover as a small price to pay, if you are the one in 10,000* where your partner has a cardiac arrest and she and the baby may or may not survive due to that antibiotic cover you may feel that the price was too high. All of pregnancy and childbirth has risk, it is up to each individual woman to make up her mind what risk she wants to take

    *figures are completely made up
  4. Guest5957
    I agree with the above, read other sources too. The RCOG has a recently updated guideline, and there is lots of evidence to support and negate routine testing.
  5. Azalea
    I also agree with the above 'risk' is a very personal thing, something I consider high risk for me may be completely different to what somebody else consists high risk. 1:10,000 may seem huge to somebody and less to another person whose risk threshold may be more like 1:100.
  6. Popty Ping
    Thank you I will look at the other sources mentioned. Do you think the charity is right to want information leaflets given to every women antenatally? Also am I right in thinking you could be tested at 37 weeks and not have the infection to then get it later, and the other way round?.
  7. iolaus
    You are correct in the transient nature of GBS - my problem with the leaflet is that it promotes the testing and private testing (as not currently available on the NHS routinely) as being THE way to go so I am wary (if the leaflet has changed from the one I saw before I apologise and a neutral one giving the risk factors would be fine - it should be a page in the books given out at booking) - would fully support a leaflet given out to parents regarding signs of infection and what to do (ie seek help ASAP) however. A negative test result does not mean you don't have it.
    I'd rather the money went into researching a test which could give instant results, so taken at the beginning of labour, with informed consent, and then the women who do require antibiotic cover could be given it knowing they are positive, rather than some women having them when actually negative, and other women thinking they are not at risk
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  8. Radical Owl
    I know someone who tested negative at 37 weeks and then was told she had GBS after her baby had been born and they both had to have antibiotics. So the test is almost meaningless, IMO.
  9. wannabe2014
    I find it hard to find much information on Gbs. I would love more information on why women are given ABX postnatal for Gbs if the risk was to the baby? I may be confused, these ABX may be for another infection. If a woman is allergic to penicillin are the alternative ABX as effective? If not then is that being explained and therefore do the risks and benefits change? Thinking of Gbs as a normal part of a womans flora and fuana (I can't spell on my phone!) Do we know what effect ABX have in the longer term? This is from an uneducted perspective but everytime I. Have ABX I get thrush so would the treatment cause a recolonisation two fold once the effects wear off? There are a lot of miixed messages about GBS that'd be great if more informa tion was available.

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