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Do Caesareans Increase the Risk of Infection?

by Savitha C Muppala on August 1, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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 Do Caesareans Increase the Risk of Infection?

One out of 10 women who delivered their baby via a caesarean section, suffer an infection, according to analysis of data.

The study also revealed that such infections were more common among overweight and obese women.

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Dr Elizabeth Sheridan, head of healthcare associated infections at the HPA, said: "Reducing rates of surgical site infections following a caesarean should be made a priority. Given that one in four women deliver their baby by caesarean section, these infections represent a substantial burden.

"They will impact not only directly on the mother and her family but also are a significant cost in terms of antibiotic use, GP time and midwife care, and every effort should be made to avoid them. Women choosing to have caesarean section for non-medical reasons should be aware of the risk of infection, particularly if they are overweight."



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