A/Prof Lucy Bowyer
Head of Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Royal Hospital for Women

Head of department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Royal Hospital for Women, Secretary and Treasurer of SOMANZ.
Lucy trained in the UK, but completed a research MD into the vascular effects of pre-eclampsia with Mark Brown in Sydney in the late ‘90s. She returned to Sydney to take a consultant post in the early 2000s and sub-specialised in maternal fetal medicine. She takes a particular interest in medical complications of pregnancy.


Title: SOMANZ Sepsis Guidelines

Authors: Bowyer L1 and Makris A2 on behalf of the authorship group

Affiliation: 1Royal Hospital For Women, Randwick, Australia  2Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, Australia

Abstract Text: The SOMANZ sepsis guideline will be presented. The clinical guidelines have been written to provide a basis for local hospital guidelines across Australia and New Zealand. The guideline covers sepsis inclusive of the recent definition, both in pregnancy and the post partum period.  The aetiology, investigation and treatment of bacterial, viral and non-infective causes of sepsis are discussed. Obstetric considerations relevant to anaesthetic and intensive care treatment in sepsis are also covered. The guideline has been formed by a multi-disciplinary group of obstetricians, obstetric physicians, anaesthetists, infectious disease and intensive care specialists, general practitioners, midwives, pharmacists and consumers.  The guideline offers practice improvement points by which institutions can audit their practice.