Education  |   March 2020
Controversies in Perioperative Antimicrobial Prophylaxis
Author Notes
  • From the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (B.K.D.); Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (A.N., J.P.W.-K.); Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (P.A.L.); and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland (N.P.O.).
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  • Submitted for publication July 1, 2019. Accepted for publication October 29, 2019. Published online first on December 4, 2019. Corrected on December 14, 2019.
    Submitted for publication July 1, 2019. Accepted for publication October 29, 2019. Published online first on December 4, 2019. Corrected on December 14, 2019.×
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Article Information
Education / Review Article / Infectious Disease
Education   |   March 2020
Controversies in Perioperative Antimicrobial Prophylaxis
Anesthesiology 3 2020, Vol.132, 586-597. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003075
Anesthesiology 3 2020, Vol.132, 586-597. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003075
Abstract

Although clinical guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis across a wide array of surgical procedures have been proposed by multidisciplinary groups of physicians and pharmacists, clinicians often deviate from recommendations. This is particularly true when recommendations are based on weak data or expert opinion. The goal of this review is to highlight certain common but controversial topics in perioperative prophylaxis and to focus on the data that does exist for the recommendations being made.