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Infectious Disease Consult Service

Women & Infants Hospital offers one of the nation’s only Women's Infectious Diseases Consult Services, a collaborative service of the hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Medicine, as well as the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy.

This service provides inpatient infectious disease consultation to all providers at Women & Infants Hospital in both obstetrics and gynecology and their respective subspecialties. Outpatient consultations are available to referring providers from throughout Southern New England.

About Our Services
Women & Infants’ Infectious Disease Consult Service staff provides consultation services for the following issues:

Pregnancy or gynecologic infections

• Complicated sexually transmitted infections
• Desensitization therapy for known allergies in the treatment of trichomoniasis or syphilis in pregnancy
• HIV infection
• Intra-amniotic infections
• Peripartum fever
• Post-operative infectious complications
• Preconception counseling for women with infectious disease or for a partner with infectious disease
• Pyelonephritis or frequent UTIs in pregnancy
• TORCH infections in pregnancy
• Tubo-ovarian abscesses

General infectious disease in women

• Bacteremia
• Cellulitis
• Chronic urinary tract infections
• Clostridium difficile
• Neutropenic fever
• Osteomyelitis
• Resistant organisms

About Our Providers

Brenna Anderson, MDBrenna L. Hughes, MD, MSc, Director
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine, Dr. Hughes is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is currently conducting clinical research studies funded by the NIH on prevention of congenital cytomegalovirus and understanding the mechanisms of HIV infection during pregnancy, as well as on prevention of infectious complications related to labor and delivery.

Dr. Hughes was named a Castle Connolly Best Doctors in America and has been a U.S. News Top Doctor since 2011. She regularly serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and serves on national committees for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM). She is the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters.

Erica Hardy, MDErica Hardy, MD, MA, MMSc, Associate Director
Division of Obstetric and Consultative Medicine
Dr. Hardy is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and infectious diseases, and is an assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research and clinical interests include infectious disease issues in obstetric and gynecologic patients, including congenital infection and complicated sexually transmitted infections, as well as outcomes, post-exposure prophylaxis, and follow-up care of sexual assault survivors.

Dr. Hardy was recently awarded Center for AIDS Research grant funding to explore the female genital mucosal characteristics with respect to cytokines, anti-HIV activity, and antimicrobials in adult women survivors of sexual violence. The results of this project with help determine the immunological and other biomedical effects of sexual violence on HIV transmission risk and will inform future studies on the pathogenesis of HIV transmission in the setting of sexual violence.

How to Request a Consultation
Consultations will be ordered by the referring physician and will be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day for both infectious disease questions related to the reproductive organs and general infectious diseases.

Inpatient Consultation: Women & Infants providers can find the physician on duty listed in “AMION” under “Infectious Disease” for the convenience of referring physicians.

Outpatient Consultation: Outpatient consultation can be arranged through the Maternal-Fetal Medicine office at (401) 274-1122, extension 47096.

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