Call for GPs to review hospital-initiated antibiotics

Surgical antibiotic prophylaxis is at odds with guidelines, according to a survey of Australian hospitals

Most post-surgical antibiotic prescribing is inappropriate and should be re-assessed by GPs, say advocates for antimicrobial stewardship.


A review by the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Melbourne has found that 62% of post-procedural prophylaxis is at odds with guidelines because antibiotics are rarely indicated beyond 24 hours.

But with surgical patients being sent home with five days of cephalexin for extended prophylaxis, there is a role for GPs in reducing the burden of inappropriate use