Antibiotic prophylaxis for surgery for proximal femoral and other closed long bone fractures

Added April 9, 2013

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Antibiotic prophylaxis for closed fracture surgery is an effective intervention. Single dose intravenous prophylaxis is effective if the agent used provides tissue levels exceeding the minimum inhibitory concentration over a 12-hour period. If the antibiotic chosen has a short half-life which may not allow minimum inhibitory concentrations to be exceeded throughout the period from incision to wound closure, the use of multiple dose regimens using a 12-hour dosage schedule is a satisfactory alternative.

Surgical site infection and other hospital-acquired infections cause significant morbidity after internal fixation of fractures. The administration of antibiotics may reduce the frequency of infections. The aim of this review is to determine whether the prophylactic administration of antibiotics in people undergoing surgical management of hip or other closed long bone fractures reduces the incidence of surgical site and other hospital-acquired infections.