'Surgeons need to improve': High rates of poor antibiotic use

Failure to time dose before procedure and continuing too long after are the issues: Aussie study

Surgeons are missing the mark around half the time when giving antibiotics, Australian researchers say.


Overall, surgeons prescribe antibiotics according to guidelines in 49% of cases, falling down in particular over delivering the medications on time before procedures.

They also prescribe the medications for too long post-surgery, which is indicated for only 24 hours if at all, the study shows.

“High rates of inappropriate procedural and post-procedural antimicrobial use were demonstrated across all surgical specialties,”