antimicrobial prophylaxis in surgery


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antimicrobial prophylaxis in surgery

The use of antibiotics before and sometimes during procedures that are prolonged or involve potential risk of infection. This practice has been shown to prevent infectious complications in colorectal surgery, gynecological and obstetric surgeries, and some cardiac, cancer, and orthopedic procedures. The type of antibiotic administered depends on the surgical procedure. This practice is best suited to procedures involving contaminated areas or implantation of prosthetic material. See: antibiotic resistance
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