advertiser banner advertiser banner advertiser banner
Digital Issues

Archive >  October, 2007 VIII, No. 10

Infection Prevention

Which GI Patients Should Get Antibiotics?

April Leonard, RN

How do you decide which patients get antibiotics before their endoscopic procedures and which do not? Perhaps you consider the patient's risk factors and the procedure she's about to undergo. Or perhaps you've developed your own protocols. Whatever you do, the scientific evidence backing it is probably pretty slim - controlled studies on the effectiveness of prophylactic antibiotics are rare. To strengthen your footing, I set out to find the most recent indications for administrating antibiotics to endoscopy patients. I pored over journals, committee recommendations, statistics, verdicts and testimony from gastroenterologists from over the past two decades. Here's what I found out.

 
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

DID YOU SEE THIS?
Patient and Employee Safety

Keep Patients Safe With These Economical Skin Markers

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Can You Pass This Prepping Quiz?

Want to start a great debate? Ask your surgeons and nurses to defend their skin prepping preferences and beliefs.

7 Steps to Safer Endoscope Reprocessing

Are your techs cleaning your scopes the right way?

A Preview of AORN's New Skin Prepping Guidelines

Let a growing body of evidence govern your bedside practice.