Use of Appropriate Antimicrobials in Wound Management

Yoko Nakamura, Mohamud Daya

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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
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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