C-section Surgical Site Infection Guided Cleaning & Patient Education with the MolecuLight i:X™

The odds ratio for post-cesarean surgical site infections (SSI) increases by 2.0 for every five-unit increment in body mass index1, primarily due to increased bacterial colonization and the presence of skin folds which promote bacterial growth.  Rates of C-sections and obesity continue to increase, making it imperative for clinicians and patients to be aware of wound cleaning measures that reduce SSI risk in this population.

Image taken in Standard Imaging ModeTM
Image taken in Standard
Imaging ModeTM
Image taken in Fluorescence Imaging ModeTM (presence of bacteria indicated by red color)
Image taken in Fluorescence Imaging ModeTM
(presence of bacteria indicated by red color)

Wound Etiology
  • C-section (3 weeks prior)
Anatomical Location
  • Lower abdomen
Patient Demographics
  • Female, 35 years old
Patient-Related Challenges
  • Morbid obesity, cannot reach to clean
  • Absence of patient education and lack of awareness of the problem
Patient’s General Care Paradigm
  • 3x/week cleaning by Home Health Care (without i:X guidance
  • Antimicrobial gauze
  • Silver dressing
Clinician Stated Utility of the MolecuLight i:X
  • Guided cleaning
  • Increased patient awareness about infection and cleaning
Images provided by Rose Raizman RN, Rouge Valley Health System, ON, Canada
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1. Tran TS et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Mar;95(3):367-71.