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Chirurgia Del Piede 2004 March;28(1):21-6

language: Italian

Asepsis and antibiotic prophylaxis in foot surgery

Napoli V., Napoli E.


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The rate of infections contracted after surgery has remained substantially unchanged in recent decades in spite of the use of ever more powerful antibiotics, a situation which highlights the limitations of using antibiotics exclusively in anti-infective prophylaxis and suggests a reassessment of the role of rigid application of asepsis measures. Effective curtailment of post-surgical infections must involve the coordinated adoption of measures for: ensuring adequate environmental asepsis by treating patients, environment and germs; identifying anti-infective drugs and the most appropriate administration modality in accordance with the type of operation. These rules of behaviour must be rigidly observed even in minor surgery, as foot operations are at times improperly considered.

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