Sepsis calculator

The team at Monash Women’s and Newborn is keeping more mums and babies like Jomole and Jianna together after birth, thanks to an award-winning initiative led by Associate Professor Ryan Hodges and Dr Alice Stewart.

A year ago, the team was the first in Victoria to start using an iPhone newborn sepsis calculator to help better individually assess whether newborns at risk of infection should be separated from their mothers and admitted to our nurseries for antibiotics.

“The results have been striking – less babies have had antibiotics and less babies have been separated from their mothers,” said A/Prof Hodges, Program Director of Monash Women’s and Newborn.

This means more mums like Jomole John, who gave birth to her second daughter Jianna nine days ago, are enjoying more quality time with their newborns.

“I know if she’s taken to the nursery she’s in good hands, but as her mother there is anxiety if you are separated. Now I can feed her whenever she needs,” Jomole said.

The newborn sepsis calculator has been applauded in the healthcare industry and won the award for Excellence in Women’s Health at last week’s Victorian Public Health Care Awards.

Congratulations to all involved in this impressive work.