Use of Appropriate Antimicrobials in Wound Management

Yoko Nakamura, Mohamud Ramzan Daya

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Abstract

The primary goal of wound management is to achieve a functional closure with minimal scarring. Preventing infection is important to facilitate the healing process. Most simple, uncomplicated wounds do not need systemic antibiotics but benefit from the use of topical antibiotics. Judicious use of antibiotics reduces unnecessary adverse events and helps reduce the development of resistance. Although antibiotics can help reduce infection risk and promote healing, they are not a substitute for good local wound care, in particular irrigation and surgical débridement. This article reviews the role of antibiotics in emergency department wound management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-176
Number of pages18
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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Anti-Bacterial Agents
Wounds and Injuries
Infection
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Hospital Emergency Service

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine

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Use of Appropriate Antimicrobials in Wound Management. / Nakamura, Yoko; Daya, Mohamud Ramzan.

In: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2007, p. 159-176.

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