Flashcards in Post-op infections Deck (42)
What investigations should be sent in surgical site infection?
MCS of pus
FBC (Hb, WCC)
What is the initial management of surgical site infections?
Appropriate ABX guided by microbiologist
Why are post-op respiratory infection common?
General anaesthetic irritates the respiratory tract.
Opioid analgesia inhibits cough reflex
Wound pain makes breathing and coughing more difficult
How are post-op respiratory infections treated?
Good analgesia post-op
What is the most likely cause of post-op UTIs?
How long should a catheter remain in a patient?
Up to 4-5 days
How are post-op UTIs prevented?
Avoiding unnecessary catheterisation
Good aseptic technique
Remove at earliest time
What is the role of catheters during/after a surgical procedure?
Monitor fluid output to ensure adequate hydration and removal of metabolites.
What is the target urine output for the average patient?
Which organism is associated with antibiotic-related diarrhoea
Name 3 risk factors for C. difficile infection
Current or recent ABX use
Recurrent or prolonged admission