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Title: The effects of prophylactic antibiotics on the incidence of surgical site infections among women after breast cancer surgery.
Epworth Authors: Morison, Sally
Hutchinson, Ana
Keywords: Epworth Research Institute Research Week 2016.
Epworth HealthCare, Clinical Services, Epworth Geelong, VIctoria, Australia.
Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Surgical Wound Infection
Wound Infection, Surgical
Infection, Surgical Wound
Breast Cancer
Neoplasms, Breast
Cancer of the Breast
Quality of Life
Sickness Impact Profile
Health Policy
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Conference: Epworth Research Institute Research Week 2016.
Conference Location: Epworth HealthCare, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Abstract: Inappropriate antibiotic use may lead to antibiotic resistance, and generating a strong evidence based approach is an important component of antimicrobial stewardship. Surgical site infection (SSI) is a form of post-operative complication that contributes significantly to mortality in healthcare today and also has an enormous impact on patient's quality of life. The value of antibiotic prophylaxis in the reduction of post-operative infection rate is well established in clean contaminated procedures and is considered optional for most clean procedures. Although breast cancer surgery is considered clean, there are surprisingly rates of postoperative infections after breast surgery. To date, there is no consensus on prophylactic antibiotic use in breast cancer surgery, and different practices exist among surgeons. This systematic review was undertaken to evaluate the current evidence for prophylactic antibiotics for patients undergoing breast surgery and its impact on post-operative surgical site infections.
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: Centre for Clinical Nursing Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Systematic Reviews
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services

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