Ampicillin/Sulbactam Versus Cefuroxime as Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for Cesarean Section

2014-07-23 21:08:51 | BioPortfolio


The efficacy and safety of a single dose of ampicillin/sulbactam compared to a single dose of cefuroxime at cord clamp for prevention of postcesarean infectious morbidity has not been assessed.

Women scheduled for cesarean delivery were randomized to receive a single dose of either 3g of ampicillin-sulbactam or 1.5g of cefuroxime intravenously, after umbilical cord clamping. An evaluation for development of postoperative infections and risk factor analysis was performed.


The efficacy and safety of a single dose of ampicillin/sulbactam compared to a single dose of cefuroxime at cord clamp for prevention of postcesarean infectious morbidity has not been assessed.

The investigation was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a single dose of ampicillin/sulbactam 3g compared to a single dose of cefuroxime 1.5g in preventing postoperative morbidity. The primary outcome was development of an infection either at the surgical site or elsewhere e.g. urinary tract infection.

A prospective randomized controlled study was performed from July 2004 to December 2008 in one major tertiary care hospital in Athens Greece. All patients undergoing a cesarean delivery were eligible.Patients were randomly assigned to receive either 1.5g of cefuroxime, or 3g of ampicillin/ sulbactam intravenously after the time the umbilical cord was clamped.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Prevention


Surgical Site Infections


Ampicillin-sulbactam, Cefuroxime




Attikon Hospital

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