Multicenter prospective randomized phase II study of antimicrobial prophylaxis in low-risk patients undergoing colon surgery
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Postoperative antimicrobial therapy is generally administered as standard prophylaxis against postoperative infection, despite a lack of sufficient evidence for its usefulness. This study was a phase II study to evaluate the necessity of postoperative antibiotic prophylaxis in patients undergoing a colectomy.
Patients received 1 g cefmetazole or flomoxef immediately after anesthetic induction, every 3 h during surgery, and then later once again on the next day. They were randomly assigned to receive either cefmetazole or flomoxef.
Ninety-one patients were enrolled in the study. A surgical site infection (SSI) occurred in 7.7% (7/91) of patients. All cases were superficial incisional infections. When comparing the two drugs, SSI occurred in 8.3% (4/48) of patients treated with cefmetazole and in 7.0% (3/43) treated with flomoxef, showing no significant difference (P > 0.99).
Antimicrobial prophylaxis was well tolerated when used on the day of a colectomy and once again on the next day.
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- 1. Department of Surgery, Toyonaka Municipal Hospital, 4-14-1 Shibahara-cho, Toyonaka, Osaka, 560-8565, Japan
- 7. Multicenter Clinical Study Group of Osaka, Risk Management Group, Osaka, Japan
- 2. Department of Surgery, Sakai Municipal Hospital, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
- 3. Department of Surgery, Suita Municipal Hospital, Suita, Osaka, Japan
- 5. Department of Surgery, Osaka National Hospital, Osaka, Japan
- 6. Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
- 4. Department of Surgery, Ikeda Municipal Hospital, Ikeda, Osaka, Japan