Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology Home 

Year : 1984  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7--14

Intraoperative Wound Contamination During Abdominal Surgery

Arun Gupta1, B.M.L Kapur2 

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Ninety six patients undergoing laparotomy in a surgical unit were analysed for intra-operative wound containation. Cultures from the peritoneal cavity grew pathogenic contaminants in 37 patients (38.5%), and 26 patients (27.1%) were found to have pathogenic contaminants on the wound before skin stitches were applied. Staphylococcus aureus was the only pathogen cultured from 2 of the 21 clean wounds (9.5%). This contamination is probably preventable by a proper operating room conduct. Pathogenic contaminants were present in 24.6% of the contaminated and 64.3% of the dirty wounds. E. coli was the most common pathogen cultured. Suitable prophylactic antibiotics either locally on the wound or systemic or both, would continue to be required in these potentially contaminated procedures.

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Gupta A, Kapur B. Intraoperative Wound Contamination During Abdominal Surgery.Indian J Med Microbiol 1984;2:7-14

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Gupta A, Kapur B. Intraoperative Wound Contamination During Abdominal Surgery. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 1984 [cited 2020 Nov 24 ];2:7-14
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