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Alabama GBS Awareness Campaign – Group B Strep International

Alabama GBS Awareness Campaign

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Campaign Goals:

Promote awareness and prevention of group B strep disease in babies throughout the State of Alabama by:

1) Providing materials to help providers educate pregnant women and new mothers as to how to help protect their babies from GBS disease.

2) Making resources readily available for providers to learn more about GBS prevention.

 Campaign Start Date:  July 1, 2014

Plan how you can create GBS awareness in your own community!

 

Patient Resources

Starting mid-June, Bevin Tomlin, Co-founder and Executive Director of Leah’s Legacy Foundation and Southeast Regional Coordinator for Group B Strep International, will ship you:

1) The requested amount of GBS brochures according to your survey submission.  (The brochure may also be downloaded here:  Download GBS Awareness Brochure)

2) The requested amount of GBS status cards according to your survey submission.  (The status cards may also be downloaded here: Download GBS Status Card)

Ideally both of these materials should be given to patients at their second prenatal visit when they receive the results of their urine culture for GBS and other bacteria (customarily done at the first prenatal visit.)

Status cards should be filled out by the provider/staff and given to the patient to keep in their purse/wallet in the event that the hospital does not have their GBS status available upon check-in for labor/delivery. (If the patient’s urine tested positive, the second and third paragraphs under “How do I know if I carry GBS?” in the brochure give further explanation.)

Electronic versions of tear sheets for both GBS positive and GBS negative women will be emailed to you (and are available as downloads below) for doctors to print and give to patients when they are given the result of their standard 35th to 37th week GBS test.

Download GBS Positive Tear Sheet

Download GBS Negative Tear Sheet

Note: Please ask the doctors to supply existing and new patients past their 2nd visit with both the brochure and status card and give them the appropriate tear sheet once the results of the standard 35th to 37th week GBS test results are available.

Website banners and posters for both provider and patient bulletin boards are also available electronically as follows:

GBS Website Banner

Patient Posters

GBS Awareness Poster For Patients

GBS Awareness Poster for Patients – July as International Group B Strep Awareness Month

GBS Awareness Poster for Patients – October as Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month

Provider Posters

GBS Awareness Poster For Providers

GBS Awareness Poster for Providers – July as International Group B Strep Awareness Month

GBS Awareness Poster For Providers – October as Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month

Provider Resources:

Current CDC guidelines

For neonatal and obstetric providers: Tools to Prevent Group B Strep, a free mobile ap by the CDC

CDC Procedures for Collecting Clinical Specimens

A CME Slide Presentation is being developed to share with the providers in your area.

Thank you, nurse managers, for your expertise and help to coordinate this GBS awareness and prevention campaign! We value your ideas and comments to help make this campaign more successful. Please send us an email or call Bevin Tomlin at 205-239-8624.

 

Special thanks to Gayle Whatley, Central Alabama Perinatal Director, and the Alabama Department of Public Health State Perinatal Division.

 

GBSI_logo Leahs Legacy logo with ribbon

Partnering together to promote awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies throughout the State of Alabama

 

For more information:

Group B Strep International
11 El Dorado Court
Pomona, CA 91766
Tel: 909.620.7214
Fax: 909.620.5557
Email: info@gbs-intl.org

GBSI Southeast Regional Program
Tel: 205-239-8624
Email: bevin.tomlin@gbs-intl.org

Leah’s Legacy Foundation
Web: www.leahs-legacy.org

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