Pre-incision antibiotic prophylaxis reduces the incidence of post-caesarean surgical site infection Academic Article uri icon


  • A two-part prospective study was conducted to assess rates of surgical site infection (SSI) following caesarean section in a large Australian regional hospital before and after a change of timing of antibiotic prophylaxis from after cord clamping to pre-incision. SSI rates dropped from 10.8% in 2010 to 2.8% in 2011 with no adverse neonatal consequences, providing further evidence that antibiotic prophylaxis should be given pre-incision for caesarean section in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, as is now accepted practice elsewhere.


  • Brown, J
  • Thompson, M
  • Sinnya, S
  • Jeffery, A
  • de Costa, C
  • Woods, Jacinta
  • Howat, P
  • Raulli, A

publication date

  • 2013