New study highlights risk factors associated with C-section infections

New research has identified a number of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of an infection during a caesarean section delivery, some of which are potentially avoidable.

The University of Florida Health Jacksonville team carried out a retrospective chart review of 90 C-section deliveries, allowing them to identify four pre-delivery risk factors for developing an infection as a result of the surgery.

It was shown that women who developed a C-section infection were 8.41 times more likely to have had a prior C-section, 3.8 times more likely to have smoked at some point, and 25.3 times more likely to have had a history of illicit drug use.

Women with higher body mass index scores were also revealed to be at greater risk of infection, with Staphylococcus species and E. coli the most common causes of health issues.

The researchers concluded that many of these issues could be mitigated by providing better patient education on wound care, particularly in terms of the best ways to ensure the area is kept clean when showering.

Study co-author Stefanie Buchanan said: "We found that women leave the hospital with a breadth of information on caring for a newborn, and often overlook the education provided on caring for their wound."ADNFCR-2094-ID-801847183-ADNFCR