Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis
General antibiotic prophylaxis prescribing guidance
- Refer to the specific Surgical Prophylaxis Guideline to check if antibiotic choice and dose is appropriate.
- Always discuss any complex individual prophylaxis issues with microbiology pre-operatively.
- Record the antibiotic(s) as "stat" on HEPMA, ideally the prophylactic antibiotic(s) should also be recorded on the anaesthetic record.
- Refer to the Principles of Surgical Prophylaxis guideline for information on:
- Timing of antibiotic administration in surgical prophylaxis.
- Gentamicin dosing and administration in surgical prophylaxis.
- Teicoplanin dosing and administration.
- Antibiotic re-dosing advice if >1.5L blood loss.
- Antibiotic re-dosing advice in prolonged surgery.
Post-operative intra-abdominal infection
If antibiotic therapy for post-operative intra-abdominal infection is required, contact microbiology for advice. In the meantime, empirical antibiotic regimens for intra-abdominal infection can be found here. If antibiotic therapy for post-operative infection is required, treat empirically as per anatomical source (see the main infection section or Infection Management Guideline Poster) and review cultures.
Guideline reviewed: August 2023
Page last updated: November 2023