Thursday, May 25, 2006

open abdomen

Thursday May 25, 2006

Q; What is the antibiotic of choice for prophylaxis in "abdomen left open"?

A; The open abdomen (or abdomen left open after damage control) does not require antibiotic prophylaxis (unless there is an evidence of infection).

Keep as reference, nice bedside management review article:

Role of ICU in the management of the acute abdomen.

Kapadia F. Indian J Surg 2004;66:203-208


Management of the patient with an open abdomen: techniques in temporary and definitive closure. Curr Probl Surg. 2004;41:815-876.