IHP news 522: SR/Mat/neonatal & child health

By on May 17, 2019

Reuters – Antibiotics after assisted births could stop thousands of infections


Giving a single dose of antibiotics to mothers who have a medically assisted birth using forceps or vacuum could prevent almost half of maternal infections, researchers said on Monday, and global health authorities should change their advice. In a study published in The Lancet medical journal, the researchers said prescribing antibiotics as a preventative measure could save more than 7,000 infections in new mothers in the UK each year, and around 5,000 in the United States. They called on the World Health Organization (WHO) and other national health agencies to alter their advice in the light of the results….”

See also The Telegraph – Antibiotics after birth halves rate of infection, Oxford study finds

Or the Lancet Press release:

“The Lancet: Preventative antibiotics after assisted childbirth almost halve maternal infection rate and reduce overall antibiotic use; Large randomised trial indicates that WHO and other national organisations should change antibiotic guidelines for assisted childbirth…”

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