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

P. De Nardo, E. Gentilotti, B. Nguhuni, F. Vairo, Z. Chaula, E. Nicastri, M. M. Nassoro, N. Bevilacqua, A. Ismail, A. Savoldi, A. Zumla, G. Ippolito

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Nov 16 2015

Keywords

  • Antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Caesarean section
  • Pregnant women
  • Resource-limited settings
  • Surgical site infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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