Antibiotics guidelines no defence in $240k negligence case

Antibiotic guidelines may be the ‘Bible’ for prescribers, but their recommendations are not necessarily gospel in a court of law, a medical negligence trial suggests.

Doctors who prescribed guideline-recommended antibiotic prophylaxis for a boy with an open fracture were found to have failed to provide an appropriate standard of care by a judge, who awarded $240,000 compensation for the amputation of the boy’s thumb.

In a case brought against two Sydney hospitals in the NSW District Court, Judge Leonard Levy rejected a defence claim that clinicians had