Preventive systemic antibiotics in colorectal surgery.

  title={Preventive systemic antibiotics in colorectal surgery.},
  author={Donald E. Fry},
  journal={Surgical infections},
  volume={9 6},
BACKGROUND Elective colon surgery has the highest rate of surgical site infection (SSI) of any elective procedure in surgery. The evolution of strategies for the prevention of SSI has had the correct use of preventive antibiotics as a crucial component. METHODS Review of the pertinent English-language literature. RESULTS Correct use of prophylactic antibiotics in elective colon surgery requires that the drug have activity against colonic aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, be administered… CONTINUE READING

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