Timing of antibiotics reduces surgical site infections in Cesarean deliveries

Giving prophylactic antibiotics within 1 hour prior to Cesarean incision instead of after umbilical cord clamping led to a 48% reduction in surgical site infections in a 96-month retrospective cohort study.

“This study validates current practice in India where all operating surgeons, whether it is a small nursing home in rural areas or it is a big corporate tertiary care institute in the metro city, are using prophylactic antibiotics within 1 hour of incision for prevention of infection."
-Dhiraj Gada, MD, DGO, DFP, FICMCH, director of Gada Life ART Center, Indore, India, and a member of mdCurrent-India’s Editorial Advisory Board

It has been traditional practice to administer prophylactic antibiotics after clamping the newborn’s umbilical cord to avoid...

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