Povidone-iodine gel vaginal antisepsis for abdominal hysterectomy
A povidone-iodine gel applied to the vagina before hysterectomy may reduce the complication of postoperative fever. Researchers compared rates of postoperative fever in 158 women receiving a vaginal povidone-iodine gel before hysterectomy and in 317 women receiving standard preoperative preparation before hysterectomy. Women receiving the povidone-iodine gel had a much lower rate of postoperative fever than did women receiving standard preparation for surgery (17% versus 26%). Use of the gel was associated with a 0.28 day shorter hospital stay. The gel did not cause any adverse reactions.
Publication Name: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Placenta previa: preponderance of male sex at birth
An historical cohort analysis of singleton live births in New Jersey hospitals between 1989-1992 and a meta analysis of previously published articles were studied to determine the relationship between placenta previa and male sex at birth. The evidence suggested an association between placenta previa and male sex at birth. The models indicated a 14% excess of placenta previa when women were carrying a male fetus.
Publication Name: American Journal of Epidemiology
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