Prescribing antibiotics can stop infections after assisted births

Prescribing antibiotics can stop infections after assisted births

By Kristelle Bechayda

According to researchers, almost half of maternal infections could be prevented by giving a single dose of antibiotics to mothers who had assisted births using forceps or vacuum.

Antibiotics can avoid infections and more

Citing a study recently published in The Lancet medical journal, the researchers explained that prescribing antibiotics as a preventive measure could annually save more than 7,000 infections in new mothers in the UK, and around 5,000 in the United States.

Involving 3,420 women in Britain, the study didn’t only conclude that prescribing antibiotics could prevent life-threatening infections. Apparently, with every 100 doses of antibiotic given prophylactically, 168 more could be avoided in the future because of fewer post-delivery infections.

Thus, the researchers added that a policy of universal prophylaxis after assisted birth can also reduce the antibiotic use by 17 percent.

Calling global health authorities to change their advice

These results prompted them to call on the World Health Organization (WHO) and other national health agencies to change their advice on the issue.

“These findings highlight the urgent need to change current…guidelines,” said Marian Knight of Britain’s Oxford University, who led the work.

He added that pregnancy-associated infection, which is a major cause of death and serious illness, can be reduced by almost half with just a single dose of prophylactic antibiotic, according to the study’s results.

Back in 2016, there is a recorded number of 19,500 women worldwide who died due to pregnancy-related infections. Not to mention, with every woman who dies from such infection, another 70 develop a severe one and can suffer long-term complications.

Story from Reuters.