The Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics in Day Case Herniotomy at Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Nigeria
Advances in Surgical Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 1, June 2018, Pages: 36-40
Received: Jul. 23, 2018; Accepted: Aug. 17, 2018; Published: Sep. 10, 2018
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Samuel Chidi Ekpemo, Department of Surgery, Abia State University, Aba, Nigeria
Sebastain Okwuchukwu Ekenze, Department of Surgery, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
Uchechukwu Obiora Ezomike, Department of Surgery, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
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Background: There has been tremendous improvement in the knowledge of prophylactic antibiotics use in surgery. There are controversies on the use of prophylactic antibiotics clean surgical cases. This study aims to determine if there is need to use prophylactic cefuroxime in day case herniotomy at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba. Objective: To determine if there is need for prophylactic antibiotics in paediatric day case herniotomy and to compare the rate of surgical site infection in patients that receive preoperative cefuroxime to patients that did not receive it. Method: This was a hospital based prospective study carried out between April 2017 and April 2018 during which 126 herniotomy were performed as day cases at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba. The patients were randomly placed into two groups: 63 patients in group A that received prophylactic cefuroxime at induction of anaesthesia and 63 patients in group B that did not receive cefuroxime. The two groups were compared to determine the factors that influenced development of surgical site infection. Results: There were 115(91.3%) males and 11(9.7%} females. Their ages ranged from 1-14 years with a median of 2 years. The average duration of the operative procedure was 34.8 minutes (34.3 minutes in group A and 35.4 minutes in group B). After a follow up of 3 weeks, a total of 8 patients developed surgical site infection (3 patients in group A; 5 patients in group B) (p=0.358). The duration of operation (p= 0.549) and mode of transport (p=0.605) did not affect rate of surgical site infection. Conclusion: Development of surgical site infection after day case herniotomy in our hospital is not affected by the use of prophylactic antibiotics and duration of operation. The study confirms that day case herniotomy can be undertaken without prophylactic antibiotics.
Day Case Herniotiomy, Prophylactic Antibiotics, Surgical Site Infection
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Samuel Chidi Ekpemo, Sebastain Okwuchukwu Ekenze, Uchechukwu Obiora Ezomike, The Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics in Day Case Herniotomy at Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Nigeria, Advances in Surgical Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 36-40. doi: 10.11648/j.ass.20180601.17
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