Timing of antibiotic prophylaxis in surgery for adult hip fracture

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Abstract

Background

Antibiotic prophylaxis is widely used in surgery for hip fractures.

Methods and Results

In a retrospective study of case notes of 100 patients, frequent inaccuracies in dose administration were observed. This was applicable to both the pre-operative and the postoperative doses. Longer time intervals between the doses, failure to administer the prescribed doses, and failure of proper documentation were observed.

Conclusions

Improvement in the awareness of staff and timely administration of prophylactic antibiotic has resulted from this study.

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