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Clinical, microbiological, and economic benefit of a change in antibiotic prophylaxis for cardiac surgery

, : Clinical, microbiological, and economic benefit of a change in antibiotic prophylaxis for cardiac surgery. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 23(7): 402-404

Vancomycin and rifampicin replaced cephazolin as antibiotic prophylaxis for coronary artery bypass surgery at our institution. Following this intervention, there was a significant decrease (P < .001) in the surgical-site infection rate from 10.5 (95% confidence interval, 8.2 to 13.3) to 4.9 (95% confidence interval, 3.2 to 7.1) infection per 100 procedures. An estimated dollar sign576,655 (Australian) was saved between two 12-month periods.


PMID: 12138981

DOI: 10.1086/502074

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