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Prophylactic antimicrobials in surgery


Recent work has clarified some of the controversies surrounding antimicrobial prophylaxis. The use of an antimicrobial may lead to allergic and toxic unwanted effects, the infection of treated patients with resistant organisms, and the cross-infection of others in hospital. Does the prophylactic use of antimicrobials confer any benefit?

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