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C-section complications

There is increasing pressure on the health system as a result of more complex pregnancies presenting to maternity units.

An increasing number of obese patients, multiple births and older mums, as well as those with chronic diseases such as diabetes increases the risk of complications, contributing to the growing need for caesarean section.

In the UK between 25-30% of births are via C-section which is above the WHO recommended rate of 15%.1

  • 1 in 10 women undergoing a C-section experience an SSI2
  • 1 in 7 women with diabetes undergoing a C-section experiences an SSI2
  • 1 in 5 with a BMI>35 experience an SSI2

Reducing SSIs is a priority for all surgeons and healthcare systems.

For new mothers, the  impact of SSIs on their wellbeing  at this important time in their lives can be devastating.3

PICO™ incision management system provides a high quality intervention to protect the surgical site.  This innovative technology has been shown to be associated  with high levels of patient satisfaction. 4

Michelle Mann, a mother of three and a PICO patient describes her experience:

    "I had an emergency C-section and was a bit nervous about my recovery since I had had an infection with my first C-section. For me, PICO was as easy as wearing a belt. It didn't restrict my movements at all and it was easy to remove for showering. I didn't have an infection after this surgery and overall my recovery was much better the second time around." 




1. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2013). RCOG statement on emergency Caesarean Section rates.
2. Wloch C, Wilson J, Lamagni T, Harrington P, Charlett A, Sheridan E. Risk factors for surgical site infection following caesarean section in England: results from a multicentre cohort study. BJOG 2012
3. Harris J et al. Using a Multi-Faceted Active Change Process and Infection Prevention to Reduce Post Op C-Section Infections. Presented at the 27th Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care (Las Vegas, 20-23 October 2013). 
4. Hurd T et al. Evaluation of the impact of restructuring wound management practices in a community care provider in Niagara, Canada. International Wound Journal 2008 5, 2, 296–304. 

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