Use and Outcomes of Extended Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Urologic Cancer Surgery.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

The Journal of urology (2014)

Keywords:

2014, March 2014, Public Health Sciences Division

Abstract:

Although perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis (ABP) prevents postsurgical infectious complications, national guidelines recommend cessation of antibiotics within 24 hours post-procedure. Extended antibiotic prophylaxis beyond 24 hours may contribute to hospital-acquired infections such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff) colitis. We sought to evaluate practice patterns for ABP in genitourinary cancer surgery and to assess the impact of ABP on hospital-acquired C. diff infections.