Archive July 2009 X, No. 7

Infection Prevention

Surgical Prophylaxis Done Right

Robert Manasse, PhD

BIO

Despite well-publicized guidelines for choosing antibiotics for surgical prophylaxis, tens of thousands of surgical patients still aren't receiving the right antibiotic treatment. A recent Consumers Union analysis found that prophylactic antibiotics either weren't administered or weren't prescribed in accordance with the Surgical Care Improvement Project to about 100,000 surgical patients nationwide over a 1-year period. SCIP guidelines tell us when we should administer antibiotics and how long prophylaxis should continue post-closure. Let's take a moment to brush up on these important infection prevention guidelines.

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