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Surgical site infection (SSI) is a common complication of caesarean birth, occurring in up to 12% of all caesarean births globally. SSI typically presents between four and seven days post-delivery with erythema, discharge and induration of the surgical incision. The main causative organisms for SSI are Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative staphylococci and Enterococcus spp. When wound infection develops within the first 48 hours, the causative microorganisms are usually groups A or B-haemolytic Streptococcus. Not only does SSI cause distress for the mother and prolonged postnatal recovery, but it can also cause significant additional strains on staff time and hospital resources.