Clinical Practice Guidelines on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Oral Surgery for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection

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Clinical Practice Guidelines on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Oral Surgery for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection

Christopher Vincent, Stephen Joseph Royan, Abdul Latif Abd Hamid, Sharifah Tahirah Al-Junid, Syed Nabil Syed Omar, Norhayati Omar, Chan Yoong Kian, Zubaidah Abdul Wahab, Foo Yen See, Nooral Ziela Junid, Salleh Zakaria, Zainab Shamdol: Clinical Practice Guidelines on Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Oral Surgery for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. Mal. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2017; 15: 1–9.

Abstract: The rational use of antibiotics is important to prevent the ever increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance. In oral surgery, it can also assist in improving treatment outcomes, reducing adverse reactions and treatment costs when antibiotics are used as surgical prophylaxis. These clinical practice guidelines were developed to assist dental clinicians make informed decisions on prophylactic antibiotics to prevent surgical site infections. The guidelines were developed by a committee set up by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Development of these guidelines was carried out by a process of literature search, evidence retrieval, discussion and appraisal followed by formulation of graded recommendations. The recommendations made related to procedures and antibiotic usage. The document was independently reviewed by local and international experts before being approved by the Ministry of Health Malaysia.