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Guidelines: Surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis

19 Nov 2021

This document has been produced to encourage health care professionals to use surgical prophylaxis more effectively to improve the safety and quality of care that patients receive.

Appropriate use of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis is an evidence based intervention that has been shown to reduce surgical site infections in patients undergoing clean surgical procedures such as hip and knee arthroplasties (APIC, 2010).