Surgical Site Infection in Colorectal Surgery: A Study in Antibiotic Duration

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Despite distant historical studies that demonstrated the adequacy of preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis, current surgical practice continues to use antibiotics for postoperative coverage up to 24 hours.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to evaluate a change in antibiotic prophylaxis duration and its effect on surgical site infection in a high-volume modern colorectal practice.

DESIGN:

A case-controlled series retrospectively reviewed outcomes through a prospective validated data base.

SETTING:

The study was conducted at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

PATIENTS:

A total of 965 patients were evaluated. Our study analyzed patient outcomes related to surgical site infection comparing cohort 1 (2012–2013), which had the same antibiotic coverage preoperatively up to 24 hours postoperatively, and cohort 2 (2014–2015), which eliminated postoperative doses and relied solely on pre- and intraoperative dosing duration.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The primary outcomes of this study are superficial and deep surgical site infection.

RESULTS:

There were no differences identified for superficial or deep surgical site infection rates between cohorts. Before the change in antibiotic dosing duration (2012–2013), 28 of 493 patients (5.7%) vs after the practice change (2014–2015), 25 of 472 patients (5.3%) were reported to have superficial or deep surgical site infection (p = 0.794).

LIMITATIONS:

This study is limited by its retrospective design within a single institution.

CONCLUSION:

These equivalent results present an opportunity for surgeons to reconsider optimal antibiotic duration and minimize unnecessary antibiotic dosing. See Video Abstract at http://links.lww.com/DCR/A322.

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