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Year : 1980  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-50

Role Of Antibiotic Prophylaxis In Clean Orthopaedic Operations



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Post-operative wound infection has always posed various problems both for the patient and the orthopaedic surgeon. Prophylactic antibiotics were, therefore, used almost routinely by many orthopaedic surgeons to decrease the incidence of this complication. However, its use in clean orthopaedic operations has long been debated. Tachdjian and Compere (1957), Johnstone (1963) and O’Riordan et al. (1972) in their series concluded that prophylactic antibiotics serve no useful purpose. Forelberg et al. (1970), Boyd et al. (1973), Pavel et al. (1974) however, showed in their study to the contrary. The present study was therefore, undertaken to test the effectiveness of prophylactic antibiotics in clean orthopaedic procedures.


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