OBJECTIVE: To determine postoperative surgical site infection (SSI) rates in three separate patient groups who underwent orbital surgery without prophylactic systemic antibiotics.
STUDY DESIGN: Single-centre retrospective descriptive case series.
STUDY POPULATION: We studied the notes of 639 consecutive patients who had undergone orbital surgery in our hospital from 2009 through 2013. All patients belonged to either of three groups: (1) clean orbital surgery (n=226); (2) clean orbital surgery with implant (n=290); (3) clean-contaminated surgery (n=92). Thirty-one patients were excluded.
RESULTS: Of the total of 608 patients, without systemic antibiotic prophylaxis, only five were diagnosed with SSI 5/608 (0.82%): 1/226 in the 'clean' group, 3/290 in the 'clean-with-implant' group and 1/92 in the 'clean-contaminated' group. All five patients with SSI were effectively treated with antibiotics.
CONCLUSION: In this study 'clean', 'clean-with-implant' and 'clean-contaminated' orbital surgery was safely performed without prophylactic antibiotics. Where postoperative infection did occur, the patients were effectively treated with systemic antibiotics. We suggest to restrict the administration of systemic antibiotic prophylaxis in orbital surgery.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||British Journal of Ophthalmology|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2019|
- Aged, 80 and over
- Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use
- Antibiotic Prophylaxis
- Child, Preschool
- Eye Infections/prevention & control
- Middle Aged
- Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures
- Orbital Diseases/surgery
- Retrospective Studies
- Surgical Wound Infection/epidemiology