Lapse in Antibiotics Leads to Sepsis
Administered antibiotics in the emergency department and rushed to the operating room for emergent cesarean delivery, a pregnant woman was found to have an infection of the amniotic sac. After delivery, she was transferred to the hospital floor without a continuation order for antibiotics. Within 24 hours, the inpatient team realized she had developed septic shock. In the accompanying commentary, Mitchell Levy, MD, of Brown University, discusses the potential for lapses in care during handoffs and the importance of prompt identification and treatment for patients with sepsis.