Adherence to Guideline-Based Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Gynecology among Alabama Providers

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  • Objectives Surgical site infection (SSI) is a preventable cause of postoperative morbidity. The appropriate use of perioperative antibiotics for prevention of SSIs is a well-established quality metric. Little is known about the adherence to guidelines-based antibiotic prophylaxis among Alabama obstetricians and gynecologists. Our aims were to determine their adherence to guidelines-based antibiotic prophylaxis and identify the factors that are predictive of nonadherence. Methods Online, self-administered survey of Alabama obstetricians and gynecologists. Results Providers reported not providing the indicated antibiotics and/or giving nonindicated antibiotics in almost all surgical scenarios. The exceptions included hysterectomies, in which almost all (96%) providers routinely gave indicated antibiotics. No providers reported giving antibiotics during intrauterine device placement or endometrial biopsies, which is appropriate. The only factor predictive of inappropriate antibiotic use was the absence of a standing antibiotic protocol. Conclusions Alabama gynecologic surgeons can and should improve their compliance with guidelines-based antibiotic prophylaxis. More research is needed to determine which interventions would improve adherence in this provider population; our study suggests that the implementation of a standing antibiotic protocol may be a reasonable first step.
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  • 16014971
  • Author List

  • Howard T; Tita A; Dimperio L; Harper L
  • Start Page

  • 164
  • End Page

  • 167
  • Volume

  • 113
  • Issue

  • 4