Key clinical point: Vaginal cleansing with a sponge stick preparation of 10% povidone-iodine solution before nonelective cesarean delivery significantly decreased the rate of surgical site infections.
Major finding: Surgical site infection rate dropped 33% – from 23% to 15% – as resident and staff physicians and other hospital staff were educated or reminded about the practice.
Study details: A quality improvement study involving 1,033 patients.
Disclosures: There were no funding sources for this institutional review board–approved study, and the authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.
Quist-Nelson et al. Obstet. Gynecol. 2020 May;135(5):1S. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000662876.23603.13.