Why antibiotic prophylaxis after surgery is often inappropriate

GPs are being urged to rethink their prescribing practices

Two out of five antibiotic prescriptions post-surgery are "inappropriate", say Australian researchers who have urged doctors to rethink their prescribing practices.

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While all surgical procedures carry a risk of infection, they argue the benefit of prophylaxis must be balanced with the risks, including allergic reactions, antibiotic-associated C.difficile and antibiotic resistance. 

The University of Melbourne researchers conducted study that found procedural antimicrobial prophylaxis was prescribed but not indicated in 10% of surgical procedures, and post