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Does childbed fever still exist?

Does childbed fever still exist?

Puerperal fever is now rare in the West due to improved hygiene during delivery, and the few infections that do occur are usually treatable with antibiotics.

What is the Black Death of childbed?

Described as the “saviour of mothers”, Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as “childbed fever”) could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal.

What did Ignaz Semmelweis study?

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a Hungarian gynecologist who is known as a pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics.

What was Semmelweis hypothesis?

So Semmelweis hypothesized that there were cadaverous particles, little pieces of corpse, that students were getting on their hands from the cadavers they dissected. And when they delivered the babies, these particles would get inside the women who would develop the disease and die.

Why was childbed fever not considered an epidemic?

Childed fever needlessly stole the lives of untold numbers of women for much of the 19th century. It wouldn’t have counted as an epidemic during the early days of epidemiology because it is not a communicable disease.

How did the Victorians deal with childbed fever?

They discovered the cause of childbed fever (also known as puerperal fever). They figured out how to stop it. But they were ignored, even shunned, so women needlessly died in droves for decades. I talked last week about the mysteries of maternal death in the Victorian period. How 1 out of every 200 mothers died as a result of childbirth.

Which is worse, puerperal fever or childbed fever?

Unfortunately, the impact of both was bad. Puerperal, or childbed, fever was a mystery, but both doctors and hospitals made it worse. Wherever the medical men went the disease grew more common, and in their hospitals it was commonest of all.

When did Robert Collins find out about childbed fever?

Robert Collins figured it out in 1829. That year, convinced that childbed fever was a result of unsanitary medical practices, he closed the hospital that he led and did a massive cleaning.