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J Hosp Infect. 2013 Jan;83(1):68-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2012.08.014. Epub 2012 Oct 24.

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

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  • 1Queensland Health, Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, Australia.


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.

Copyright © 2012 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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