The risk of prescribing antibiotics “just-in-case” there is infection.

Title

The risk of prescribing antibiotics “just-in-case” there is infection.

Creator

Goff Debra A; JrFile Thomas M

Publisher

Seminars in Colon & Rectal Surgery

Date

2018
2018-03

Description

The habit of prescribing antibiotics “just-in-case” there is infection is based on the misguided perception that antibiotics are “safe” drugs and therefore pose little risk to patients. Surgeons need to dispel this myth. One in five patients experience an antibiotic adverse drug event. The risk of overprescribing antibiotics far outweighs the perceived benefit and contributes to antibiotic resistance that not only threatens the efficacy of prophylaxis it also threatens the practice of surgery. Every unnecessary antibiotic contributes to a scenario in which patients who need surgery can no longer be protected from infections by antibiotic prophylaxis. Surgeons need to be fully engaged in antibiotic stewardship.

Subject

Patient Safety; Antibiotic Prophylaxis; Drugs; Professional Knowledge; Drug Resistance; Microbial; Adverse Drug Event; Inappropriate Prescribing; Prescribing Patterns; Antibiotics – Adverse Effects; Prescription

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

44–48

Issue

1

Volume

29

Citation

Goff Debra A; JrFile Thomas M, “The risk of prescribing antibiotics “just-in-case” there is infection.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 24, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5806.

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