King, Emma and Pringle, Mike
Survey of prophylactic antibiotic use amongst UK cochlear implant surgeons
Cochlear Implants International, 9, (2), . (PMID:18618432).
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Cochlear implant patients are at an increased risk of pneumococcal meningitis. Recent government guidelines require all implant patients to undergo pneumococcal vaccination. The guidelines also suggest antibiotic prophylaxis but no clear guidelines regarding which antibiotic to use or for how long were issued.
We asked each implant centre within the UK to describe their antibiotic protocol for cochlear implantation.
Our results have showed that 100% of UK implant surgeons use antibiotic prophylaxis. The type of antibiotic and duration vary significantly between centres. Interestingly, however, the regimes followed by most practices do not adhere to surgical principles of antibiotic prophylaxis.
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