A survey of prophylactic antibiotic use for total joint replacements in a community hospital

E. P. Armstrong, D. L. Kopp

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Abstract

This study was conducted in a nonteaching community hospital to characterize the use of prophylactic antibiotics in patients undergoing total joint replacement by orthopedic surgeons in private practice. Of the 101 patients studied, 43 were started on antibiotics too early, 32 were left on the drugs for too long a period, and 33 received subsequent oral antibiotics without identifiable reason. Seventy-nine (78.2 percent) received 8 g/d of a first- or second-generation cephalosporin for prophylaxis. None of the patients received cefazolin 1 g q8h.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-757
Number of pages5
JournalDrug Intelligence and Clinical Pharmacy
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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