PMID: 2886534May 1, 1987Paper

Single dose mezlocillin versus three dose cefuroxime plus metronidazole for the prophylaxis of wound infection after large bowel surgery

The Journal of Hospital Infection
R S StubbsD M Rimmer

Abstract

A prospective, randomized, controlled trial was conducted in 116 consecutive patients undergoing colorectal surgery to compare single dose prophylaxis with mezlocillin to cefuroxime plus metronidazole in three doses. Patients were randomized to receive either a single dose of iv mezlocillin (5.0 g) or three doses of iv cefuroxime plus metronidazole at 8-hourly intervals. The first dose was given on the operating table. The overall wound infection rate in the mezlocillin treated patients (n = 54) was 30% and in the patients treated with cefuroxime plus metronidazole (n = 56) 25%. This difference is not statistically significant. When trivial wound infections were disregarded the wound infection rates were 11% and 16% respectively, which again was not statistically significant.

Citations

May 13, 2014·The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews·Richard L NelsonMarija Barbateskovic

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