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Executive summary of the Consensus Document of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC) and of the Spanish Association of Surgeons (AEC) in antibiotic prophylaxis in surgery

Mar 30, 2020 | Magazine: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica

Mª Dolores Del Toro López 1 , Javier Arias Díaz 2 , José M Balibrea 3 , Natividad Benito 4 , Andrés Canut Blasco 5 , Erika Esteve 6 , Juan Pablo Horcajada 6 , Juan Diego Ruiz Mesa 7 , Alba Manuel Vázquez 8 , Cristóbal Muñoz Casares 9 , Jose Luis Del Pozo 10 , Miquel Pujol 11 , Melchor Riera 12 , Jaime Jimeno 13 , Inés Rubio Pérez 14 , Jaime Ruiz-Tovar Polo 15 , Alejandro Serrablo 16 , Alex Soriano 17 , Josep M Badia 18 , Grupo de Estudio de PA de la Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clinica (SEIMC) y Asociación Española de Cirujanos (AEC)


Antibiotic prophylaxis in surgery is one of the most effective measures for preventing surgical site infection, although its use is frequently inadequate and may even increase the risk of infection, toxicities and bacterial resistance.

As a result of advances in surgical techniques and the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms, the current guidelines for prophylaxis need to be revised.

La Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas (Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology) (SEIMC) together with the Asociación Española de Cirujanos (Spanish Association of Surgeons) (AEC) have revised and updated the recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis to adapt them to any type of surgical intervention and to current epidemiology.

This document gathers together the recommendations on antimicrobial prophylaxis in the various procedures, with doses, duration, prophylaxis in special patient groups, and in epidemiological settings of multidrug resistance to facilitate standardized management and the safe, effective and rational use of antibiotics in elective surgery.

CITATION  Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin . 2020 Mar 30;S0213-005X(20)30051-3. doi: 10.1016/j.eimc.2020.02.01