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Table 1 Social demographic characteristics of 197 women with features of puerperal sepsis

From: Laboratory confirmed puerperal sepsis in a national referral hospital in Tanzania: etiological agents and their susceptibility to commonly prescribed antibiotics

Characteristics N (%)
Age(years)
 < 20 15 (7.6)
 20–35 149 (75.6)
 > 35 33 (16.8)
Education level
 No formal education 30 (15.2)
 Primary 133 (67.5)
 Secondary 33 (16.8)
 College/university 1 (0.5)
Marital status
 Single 24 (12.2)
 Married 173 (87.8)
Occupation
 Unemployed 108 (54.8)
 Petty trader 84 (42.6)
 Salaried employment 5 (2.5)
Parity
 1 65 (33.0)
 2 52 (26.4)
 3 35 (17.8)
 4 25 (12.7)
 > 4 20 (10.2)
Mode of delivery
 Spontaneous vaginal delivery 99 (50.3)
 Caesarean section 97 (49.2)
 Assisted vaginal delivery 1 (0.5)
Place of delivery
 MNH 92 (46.7)
 Referred from peripheral hospitals 105 (53.3)
Time post-delivery (days)
 < 8 24 (12.2)
 8–14 105 (53.3)
 15–21 50 (25.4)
 22–28 14 (7.1)
 > 28 4 (2.0)
Neonatal outcome
 Normal 160 (80)
 Low apgar score 9 (4.5)
 Still birth 14 (7.1)
 Early neonatal death 17 (8.5)