Results from 81 trials indicate prophylactic antibiotics have important health gains when used in both elective and non-elective caesarean section by markedly reducing wound infection, fever, endometritis, and serious infectious morbidity or death.
This Evidence Update was adapted from Smaill F, Hofmeyr GJ. Antibiotic prophylaxis for cesarean section. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD000933. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000933.
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