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Oral antibiotics prior to colorectal surgery: Do they have to be combined with mechanical bowel preparation?

Tessa Mulder, Jan A J W Kluytmans
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2019, 40 (8): 922-927
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To reduce the of risk infection after colorectal surgery, oral antibiotic preparation (OAP) and mechanical bowel preparation (MBP) can be applied. Whether OAP can be used without MBP is unclear. A meta-analysis of observational studies demonstrated comparable effectiveness of OAP with and without MBP regarding SSI risk.

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