The FAST-M feasibility study will determine whether the introduction of a maternal sepsis care bundle is feasible in a resource-poor country such as Malawi.
The intervention that will be introduced during this study is threefold:
1) An early warning score and FAST-M decision tool – to help healthcare practitioners recognise and diagnose sepsis quicker and more easily
2) A FAST-M treatment bundle – to guide healthcare practitioners through the initial management of maternal sepsis
3) A training programme – to educate healthcare practitioners identify maternal sepsis and use the early warning score and FAST-M decision/treatment tools provided during the study
The study will take place across 15 health facilities in Malawi (comprising of health centres, Community and District hospitals) and will last for one year.
Should this study demonstrate that the introduction of the maternal sepsis care bundle is feasible, a larger multi-country randomised control trial will be conducted to evaluate whether the maternal sepsis care bundle reduces maternal morbidity and mortality from sepsis.