Pre-incision antibiotic prophylaxis reduces the incidence of post-caesarean surgical site infection

J. Brown, M. Thompson, S. Sinnya, A. Jeffery, C. de Costa, C. Woods, P. Howat, A. Raulli

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Abstract

A two-part prospective study was conducted to assess rates of surgical site infection (SSI) following caesarean section in a large Australian regional hospital before and after a change of timing of antibiotic prophylaxis from after cord clamping to pre-incision. SSI rates dropped from 10.8% in 2010 to 2.8% in 2011 with no adverse neonatal consequences, providing further evidence that antibiotic prophylaxis should be given pre-incision for caesarean section in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, as is now accepted practice elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-70
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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