Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics in Labor and Delivery

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Bacterial infections are a common complication in obstetrics. Some infections may be life-threatening to the mother or the fetus or both. Prophylaxis, in some instances, may help prevent these infections [1].


Antibiotic prophylaxis Sepsis Penicillin Infection 


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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 120: use of prophylactic antibiotics in labor and delivery. Obstet Gynecol. 2011;117:1472–83.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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