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Post-caesarean section surgical site infections at a Tanzanian tertiary hospital: a prospective observational study



Post-caesarean section surgical site infections at a Tanzanian tertiary hospital: a prospective observational study



Journal of Hospital Infection 93(4): 355-359



Few data are available on the determinants and characteristics of post-caesarean section (CS) surgical site infections (SSIs) in resource-limited settings. We conducted a prospective observational cohort study to evaluate the rates, determinants, and microbiological characteristics of post-CS SSI at the Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital (DRRH) Gynaecology and Obstetrics Department in Tanzania. Spanning a three-month period, all pregnant women who underwent CS were enrolled and followed up for 30 days. SSI following CS occurred in 224 (48%) women. Only 10 (2.1%) women received pre-incision antibiotic prophylaxis. Urgent intervention is needed to prevent and control infections and contain the rising rate of post-CS SSI at the DRRH.

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PMID: 27125664

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.02.021


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