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J Hosp Infect. 1989 Apr;13(3):267-72.

The effect of incisional plastic drapes and redisinfection of operation site on wound infection following caesarean section.

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  • 1National Center for Hospital Hygiene, Statens Seruminstitut, Denmark.


In a randomized prospective multicentre study of post-caesarean wound infection among 1,340 women in eight hospitals, the effect of redisinfection of the skin around the incision before skin closure and the effect of adhesive skin drapes were investigated. The overall rate of wound infection with pus was 5.0% (range 3.5-8.9%). The study showed a reduction in postoperative wound infection associated with redisinfection (P = 5.5%), while no benefit from adhesive plastic drapes could be demonstrated.

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