Preventing congenital syphilis - a regional audit of syphilis in pregnant women seen in Genitourinary Medicine services

J. Hussey, L. Mitchell, Y. Hew, K. Foster, Alison Waldram

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Abstract

Genitourinary case records of 42 pregnant women with syphilis were reviewed as part of a regional audit following the re-emergence of congenital syphilis in the north east of England. National standards, from the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV guidelines on managing syphilis in pregnancy, were met in the majority of cases with 69% being treated according to national guidance and all cases completing treatment. Locally developed standards on multidisciplinary working and communication were met less well, with particular issues regarding the documentation of pregnancy outcomes in GUM records and communication between specialities being highlighted. A regional good practice guide has been developed and implemented to address standards not met, reduce adverse outcomes and prevent future cases of congenital syphilis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-451
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • audit
  • congenital syphilis
  • Europe
  • pregnancy
  • prevention
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • Syphilis (Treponema pallidum)
  • women

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