Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Summer 2014

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Epidemiology

First Advisor

Loreen Herwaldt

Abstract

Background: Cesarean delivery rates have been increasing since 1996, and Cesarean delivery is now the most common major operative procedure performed in the United States. Identifying risk factors for wound complications following Cesarean delivery is necessary to prevent unnecessary maternal morbidity.

Methods: A case-control study was carried out and data was collected via a medical record review for patients undergoing a Cesarean delivery at the UIHC between 10/1/2011 and 12/31/2012.

Results: Several modifiable risk factors were identified, and models based on patient and surgical factors performed better than the current standard NHSN risk index model.

Conclusion: More robust prediction models can be created using patient and surgical factors.

Keywords

Cesarean Delivery, Modifiable Risk Factors, Patient Risk Factors, Prediction Models, Surgical Risk Factors

Pages

vi, 60 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 58-60).

Copyright

Copyright 2014 Kasey Elaine Diebold

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