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

Publication Type:

Journal Article


The Journal of urology (2014)


2014, March 2014, Public Health Sciences Division


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.