Intensive care patients should be given prophylactic antibioticsBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7418.770 (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:770
- Tony Sheldon
Hospital deaths among patients in intensive care units could be cut by a quarter if patients were given a cocktail of prophylactic antibiotics, a large randomised controlled study in the Netherlands has said (Lancet 2003;362: 1011–6).
Amsterdam's Academic Medical Centre, which carried out the study, believes it has put the treatment back on the agenda by showing an “impressive reduction” in mortality in longer stay intensive care patients. It also shows that …