Management of surgical patients: Test your skills with these 5 questions
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Randolph Pearson, MD, FAAFP, FACSM, is a Professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the College of Human Medicine, East Lansing. He is the Senior Associate Director of the Sparrow/MSU Family Medicine Residency, Director of the MSU Sports Medicine Fellowship, and team physician for MSU Football. Dr. Pearson is also a faculty member of the National Family Medicine Board Review course.

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Your patient, a 55-year-old woman, is scheduled for hemorrhoidectomy. She is concerned about getting a surgical site infection because her husband had one after his herniorrhaphy last year. You discuss the surgical team’s standard use of prophylactic antibiotics to prevent a surgical site infection.

Which of the following statements is correct regarding surgical site infections?

Surgical site infections are a rare cause of nosocomial infection.

The rate of surgical site infection is not affected by the timing of prophylactic antibiotics.

Oral neomycin plus metronidazole or erythromycin should be given in cases involving the colon.

Prophylaxis should include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) coverage due to rapidly evolving antibiotic resistance.

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