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Antibiotics for pelvic fracture

Michael Ferker xg2k2 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 14 21:18:17 BST 2006

It's actually written in textbooks that in the case of penetrating pelvic trauma, antibiotics should be administered prior to interventional surgery. This is due to the actual sepsis often being caused by the pt's own bowel aerobes and anaerobes. Infact, I believe the WHO also has a listing on proper surgical prophylaxis at:
  I'm still a student, and so I apologize if my evidence or explanations for my positions were inadequate. But as has been mentioned by several other people here, research does exist on the benefit of pre-surgical prophylaxis to the extent that it is a commonly taught practice that whenever there is surgical intervention in the lower-abdominal/pelvic area, anti-septic prophylaxis should always be provided, with anti-biotics being the appropriate course of action. I believe that research on the safety of prophylactic doses of ABs on gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria that cause sepsis is already available on the list.
  -Mike F

docrickfry at aol.com wrote:
  It did--and again, no study has ever shown to my knowledge that prophylactic antibiotics around the time of surgery at all reduced the incidence of pelvic sepsis or peripelvic infectious complications as was claimed

-----Original Message-----
From: Krin135 at aol.com
To: trauma-list at trauma.org
Sent: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 12:23:30 EDT
Subject: Re: Antibiotics for pelvic fracture

In a message dated 14-Apr-06 11:19:56 Central Daylight Time, 
docrickfry at aol.com writes:

Do you not get it yet? Of course, once again, listen to this----yes, 
prophylactic antibiotics DO work to reduce the incidence of postop wound 
infections--they have NOT ever been shown to prevent infictuous complications 
of pelvic 
fractures--it seems pretty simple a concept to me to get your arms around

OK...I must have missed something, because I was under the impression that 
the question involved a pelvic fracture needing some sort of OPERATIVE 

Charles S. Krin, DO FAAFP

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