AAFP Collaborates With CDC on App to Prevent Group B Streptococcus Disease

March 05, 2014 12:20 pm News Staff
[Stock photo of newborn laying on mother]

Despite significant progress made in preventing group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease since the 1990s, including the release of updated prevention guidelines in 2010, GBS remains the leading cause of neonatal sepsis and meningitis in the United States, according to the CDC(www.cdc.gov). In response, the CDC has teamed up with the AAFP and a number of health care professional organizations to create a new tool to combat the disease.

Prevent Group B Strep is a smartphone application for obstetric and neonatal health care professionals that features patient-specific and scenario-specific guidance consistent with the 2010 guidelines for the prevention of perinatal GBS disease(www.cdc.gov). The free app, intended to improve management of maternal and neonatal GBS disease prevention at the point of care, generates customized guidance based on user input of patient characteristics.

Specifically, the app allows users to:

  • select the appropriate portal -- obstetric or neonatal -- and answer questions about the patient,
  • receive patient-specific management guidance based on the scenario entered, and
  • obtain appropriate antibiotic regimens for obstetric patients who require intrapartum prophylaxis.

The CDC collaborated with the AAFP, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American College of Nurse-Midwives on the project.

In addition to GBS subject matter experts at the CDC, stakeholders from all of the collaborating associations contributed to the creation of the Prevent Group B Strep app, which underwent extensive beta-testing. Additional beta-testers, including several private obstetric health care professionals, as well as pediatric and obstetric professionals in training, were involved in content development and design of the user interface, said CDC officials.

The application is available for Apple iPhone/iPad and Google Android devices. For download instructions, visit the CDC's Web page for the app(www.cdc.gov). As of March 5, more than 500 users had downloaded the GBS prevention app.

For those without a mobile device that supports the app, a Web-based version(www2a.cdc.gov) also is available, although the CDC recommends reducing the screen size of the Web app to the size of a smartphone for a better user experience.

The CDC is encouraging user feedback on the app. Suggestions for improvement may be emailed to rdb@cdc.gov.

Additional Resource
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease: Revised Guidelines from CDC, 2010(www.cdc.gov)
(Nov. 19, 2010)