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Treatment of wound infection

Treatment of wound infection

Treatment of wound infection

Treatment of wound infection

Modern surgical, anaesthetic, theatre and nursing practices are all geared towards preventing infection. In several cases involving Foreign bodies e.g. 'implants' such as a heart valve, new joint or mesh for a hernia repair, prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed.

Prophylactic antibiotics are also prescribed when the risk of contamination is high, such as bowel surgery or trauma.

When an infection has become established and has formed an abscess, it will need to be drained and antibiotics are only given in this instance if there is a danger of the infection spreading to other tissue around the abscess.

Outcome

With modern, powerful antibiotics infections can usually be resolved completely. An infection with fatal consequences usually only occurs in large internal infections, in either the chest or abdominal cavity, if not treated early.

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