Evaluation of independent risk factors associated with surgical site infections from caesarean section

Matthew Erritty, Joann Hale, James Thomas, Anna Thompson, Ria Wright, Anna Low, Chris H Fry, Thang S Han*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background
The present study assessed factors associated with the risk of surgical site infections (SSI) after a caesarean section (C-section).

Methods
Data were collected in 1682 women undergoing elective (53.9%) and emergency (46.1%) C-sections between 1st August 2020, and 30th December 2021, at a National Health Service hospital (Surrey, UK).

Results
At the time of C-section, the mean age was 33.1 yr (SD ± 5.2). Compared to women with BMI 
Conclusions
High BMI, smoking, and emergency C-section are independent risk factors for SSI from C-section. Women planning conception should avoid excess body weight and smoking. Women with diabetes and from ethnic minority backgrounds did not have increased risks of SSI, indicating a consistent standard of care for all patients.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Early online date26 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Dec 2022

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