Antibiotic prophylaxis for surgical site infections; the need to get it right.

In this retrospective analysis of errors with antibiotic prophylaxis in selected elective surgical procedures, there were 1.4 errors (on average) per case; and the mean number of errors significantly predicted the occurrence of a surgical site infection (SSI). The most common error was stopping the antibiotic at 24 hours. There is continually mounting evidence of the need to get antibiotic prophylaxis correct, to avoid SSIs (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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