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Assisted vaginal births: women who tear or have a surgical cut need prompt antibiotics

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 19 May 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1088
  1. Helen Saul, editor in chief1,
  2. Brendan Deeney, science writer1,
  3. Samantha Cassidy, science writer1,
  4. Candace Imison, deputy director of dissemination and knowledge mobilisation1,
  5. Marian Knight, professor of maternal and child population health2
  1. 1NIHR Evidence, Twickenham, UK
  2. 2University of Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to H Saul evidence{at}

The study

Humphries ABC, Linsell L, Knight M. Factors associated with infection after operative vaginal birth—a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial of prophylactic antibiotics for the prevention of infection following operative vaginal birth. AJOG 2023;228:328.

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