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Guideline

Antibiotic prophylaxis in surgery

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Last updated:1st Jul 2008

This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice on; the benefits and risks of antibiotic prophylaxis; indications for surgical antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infection at a range of surgical sites in both adults and children; and choice, timing dosage and route of administration of prophylactic antibiotics.

This guideline will be of interest to surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, pharmacists, radiologists, microbiologists, infection control nurses, specialists in public health, specialists in clinical effectiveness and clinical governance, and general practitioners.

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