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Timing Of Antibiotics Important In Reducing Infections After C-Section

Posted Aug 03 2012 5:45pm

Giving antibiotics before cesarean section surgery rather than just after the newborn’s umbilical cord is clamped cuts the infection rate at the surgical site in half, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

“We followed more than 8,000 women over an eight-year period, and our findings support giving antibiotics just before a cesarean section to prevent infections,” says infectious disease specialist David K. Warren, MD. “Until recently, standard practice in the U.S. was to give antibiotics when the baby was delivered, after the umbilical cord was clamped.”

The study is available online and appears in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

 

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