Antibiotics for preventing infection in open limb fractures

Added November 18, 2013

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There is evidence that antibiotics reduce the incidence of early infections in open fractures of the limbs.

Antibiotics are routinely used in clinical practice as an adjunct to other treatment and management interventions in the prevention of infections resulting from open limb fractures. The aim of the review was to identify any evidence for the effectiveness of antibiotics in the initial treatment of open fractures of the limb.