oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Microbiological evaluation and antimicrobial treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections : review
|Article Title||Microbiological evaluation and antimicrobial treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections : review|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||53 - 57|
|Keyword(s)||Antimicrobial treatment, Complicated intra-abdominal infections and Microbiological evaluation|
Intra-abdominal infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The principles of management of intra-abdominal infections include adequate surgical procedures, as well as antimicrobial therapy. This review provides insights into the microbiology of complicated intra-abdominal infections and offers an approach to the microbiological evaluation, as well as antimicrobial treatment strategies, in the South African context. Local antibiotic guidelines for the management of intra-abdominal infections are urgently required to optimise clinical outcomes, while limiting the emergence of resistance, toxicity and the selection of pathogenic organisms.
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