Aussie Drs not correctly using antibiotics for surgery more than half the time

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Aussie doctors are not correctly using antibiotics during and after surgery, according to research which found that antibiotics and other antimicrobials were used as recommended only 48 per cent of the time. The main issue the research found was with the timing of giving the antibiotic during surgery - although in many cases the actual timing of the first surgical cut was not recorded - suggesting record keeping is also an area for improvement. The study also found that antibiotics were used for too long after surgery in more than half of cases.

Journal/conference: JAMA Network Open

DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.15003

Organisation/s: The University of Melbourne, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Monash University

Funder: The Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey is funded by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care as part of the National Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia Surveillance System, the Department of Health, the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Melbourne Health.

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