Prophylactic antibiotic wound irrigation in gastric, biliary, and colonic surgery

Jere W. Lord, Raymond D. LaRaja, Maurizio Daliana, Marcia T. Gordon

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Intermittent intraoperative antibiotic irrigation from the beginning of an operative procedure to its completion is a valuable supplement to hospital and operating room cleanliness and to good surgical technique. A prospective, randomized, double-blind study of 200 patients undergoing clean-contaminated operations on the gastrointestinal tract demonstrated a marked reduction in the incidence of postoperative wound infection and absolute prevention of postoperative peritonitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1983


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