Journal article

Single- versus multiple-dose antimicrobial prophylaxis for major surgery: a systematic review.

M McDonald, E Grabsch, C Marshall, A Forbes

ANZ Journal of Surgery | Published : 1998

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Single-dose antimicrobial prophylaxis for major surgery is a widely accepted principle; recommendations have been based on laboratory studies and numerous clinical trials published in the last 25 years. In practice, single-dose prophylaxis has not been universally accepted and multiple-dose regimens are still used in some centres. Moreover, the principle has recently been challenged by the results of an Australian study of vascular surgery. The aim of this current systematic review is to determine the overall efficacy of single versus multiple-dose antimicrobial prophylaxis for major surgery and across surgical disciplines. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified in the medical..

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