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Practical Aspects of Antibiotic Prophylaxis in High-Risk Surgical Patients

  • G. Sganga
  • G. Brisinda
  • M. Castagneto
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)

Abstract

Infection is the most important complication of surgical procedures, and it continues to be a disconcerting cause of death in surgical patients. Postoperative infections, too, increase morbidity and prolong hospitalization [1]. Surgical patients can develop several postoperative infections; wound infection — representing more than 19% of all postoperative infections — is the most common, but also respiratory tract infections (14%), urinary tract infections (13%), fever of unknown etiology (7%), and thrombophlebitis (2.5%) are important causes of postoperative morbidity. These complications add 10%–20% additional costs to the total hospital bill [1]. In the United States, for any given type of operation, the development of a wound infection will approximately double the cost of hospitalization. Proper antibiotic prophylaxis reduces these costs.

Keywords

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Inguinal Hernia Repair Prognostic Nutritional Index Selective Digestive Decontamina Selective Decontamination 
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  • G. Sganga
  • G. Brisinda
  • M. Castagneto

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