What is the goal of antibiotic therapy during postoperative care for intestinal perforation?

Updated: Jul 24, 2020
  • Author: Samy A Azer, MD, PhD, MPH; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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The goal of antibiotic therapy is to achieve levels of antibiotics at the site of infection that exceed the minimum inhibitory concentrations for the pathogens present.

In the presence of intra-abdominal infections, GI function is often impaired; therefore, oral antibiotics are not efficacious, and intravenous antibiotics are recommended.


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