CA hospitalists often first line of defense against congenital syphilis outbreak

Between 2012 and 2014, cases of congenital syphilis tripled in California. The staff at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, CA, found that most women who gave birth to babies with congenital syphilis had no private physician and received very little or no prenatal care. Bakersfield’s understaffed labor and delivery triage unit was often the first and only caregiver these women had seen.

Bakersfield Memorial worked with Ob Hospitalist Group to establish 24/7 labor and delivery triage coverage to ensure that a board-certified OB/GYN was present to evaluate every at-risk pregnant woman and test her for syphilis.