In the United States, Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria are a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis in a newborn’s first three months of life. The bacteria may be passed from pregnant women to their babies during delivery, because about one in every four pregnant women carry GBS bacteria in their body.
In the past, the development of antimicrobial stewardship efforts mainly focused on prescribers and pharmacists. Today, as the threat of AMR increases, there is growing recognition of the need for efforts to also focus on other stakeholders in antibiotic use—particularly nurses
Lab professionals may rarely be seen by patients, but their heroic contributions to patient health and safety do not go unnoticed. Every day, clinical laboratory professionals perform thousands of tests that are crucial to ensuring accurate diagnoses and treatments that can help save patients’ lives.