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Role of topical antibiotics in hip surgery. A prospective randomised study

Young, D. and Kamath, S. and Sinha, S. and Shaari, E. and Campbell, A.C. (2005) Role of topical antibiotics in hip surgery. A prospective randomised study. Injury, 36. pp. 783-787. ISSN 0020-1383

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The effectiveness of topical antibiotics has been shown well enough in vitro to justify strong consideration of their use in orthopaedic procedures. We carried out a randomised prospective trial to study the role of topical chloramphenicol ointment application on postoperative wounds following surgeries for hip fractures. One hundred cases with fracture neck of femur were enrolled in the study. They were randomized into two treatment groups: one group had chloramphenicol ointment applied at the surgical site at the end of procedure and 3rd day postoperatively, while the control group did not. The wound was checked on the 3rd, 6th, 12th and 30th days postoperatively, by a tissue viability nurse on the guidelines issued by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH). Awareness is needed amongst the general public about the ill effects of smoking. There was reduction in the incidence of wound infection with the use of topical antibiotic ointment. However, this was not statistically significant to recommend its use in routine practice. A larger study should provide useful information on the role of topical antibiotic and its effect on postoperative wound infection.