Arizona expectant women might be less likely to suffer complications from a Cesarean section if medical personnel change gloves before closing the abdominal wall. A study that was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that 6 percent of patients suffered a composite wound complication when clinicians changed gloves versus 13 percent when gloves were not changed.
C-sections tend to have a rate of complications in the range of 10 to 25 percent. One issue that contributes to those complications is transferring bacteria to the uterus and abdomen from the genital tract. Another study found that using iodine to clean the vagina prior to a C-section lowered the rate of endometriosis. However, a few small studies in the 1980s and 1990s found no change if clinicians changed gloves before they delivered the placenta. Therefore, researchers decided to see what the outcome would be if they changed gloves at a different time.
The study involved 553 women. The control group got the usual medical care while the other group got the clinicians who changed gloves. There was no significant difference in risk factors between the two groups, and researchers controlled for differences in vaginal prep. Researchers encouraged clinicians at other hospitals to replicate the study since the cost of doing so is small.
While what is considered standard care in labor and delivery is always evolving, in some cases, a medical professional might not take standard precautionary measures. This could result in an injury to the mother or the infant. If a child suffers a birth injury, it could result in a lifelong disability. A person who is harmed by pregnancy-related injuries because of a doctor's error may be able to file a successful medical malpractice lawsuit if it can be demonstrated that the practitioner failed to exercise the required standard of care.