Value of oral antibiotic prophylaxis in colorectal surgery.

  title={Value of oral antibiotic prophylaxis in colorectal surgery.},
  author={C S Mcardle and Christopher G Morran and L. I. Pettit and Curtis G. Gemmell and J. D. Sleigh and Glenn S. Tillotson},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  volume={82 8},
A total of 169 patients undergoing colorectal surgery were randomly allocated to receive either gentamicin plus metronidazole or oral ciprofloxacin plus metronidazole as prophylaxis; they were also allocated to receive cover for 1 or 3 days. Twenty-eight patients (17 per cent) developed postoperative wound infections. The proportion of patients with wound infections and other infective complications was significantly less (P < 0.02) in those receiving oral ciprofloxacin. Cover for 3 days was no… CONTINUE READING

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