An update on antibiotic prophylaxis in dermatologic surgery

Rosengren, Helena, Heal, Clare, and Smith, Samuel (2012) An update on antibiotic prophylaxis in dermatologic surgery. Current Dermatology Reports, 1 (2). pp. 55-63.

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Abstract

Antibiotic prophylaxis can be given to prevent surgical site infection or to avoid bacterial infective endocarditis and prosthetic joint infections as a result of bacteremia following surgery. Although prophylactic antibiotics are rarely warranted for clean dermatologic surgery, there is increasing support in the literature for their judicious use for selected high-risk cases. This article discusses the host co-morbidities, wound characteristics, body sites, and complex surgical procedures associated with increased dermatologic surgical site infection and goes on to review the evidence for and against antibiotic prophylaxis in its various forms. Updated guidelines for prevention of infective endocarditis and prosthetic joint infection following dermatologic surgery are also outlined.

Item ID: 25113
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2162-4933
Keywords: antibiotic prophylaxis, dermatological surgical site infection, infective endocarditis, prosthetic joint infection
Copyright Information: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 01:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110323 Surgery @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110304 Dermatology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders @ 100%
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