Journal article

Opportunities for system level improvement in antibiotic use across the surgical pathway.

E Charani, R Ahmad, C Tarrant, G Birgand, A Leather, M Mendelson, SR Moonesinghe, N Sevdalis, S Singh, A Holmes

Int J Infect Dis | Published : 2017

Abstract

Optimizing antibiotic prescribing across the surgical pathway (before, during, and after surgery) is a key aspect of tackling important drivers of antimicrobial resistance and simultaneously decreasing the burden of infection at the global level. In the UK alone, 10 million patients undergo surgery every year, which is equivalent to 60% of the annual hospital admissions having a surgical intervention. The overwhelming majority of surgical procedures require effectively limited delivery of antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infections. Evidence from around the world indicates that antibiotics for surgical prophylaxis are administered ineffectively, or are extended for an inappropriate duration..

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