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Letters Antibiotics for skin surgery

Preoperative integrity of skin surface predicts infection risk

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 10 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b516
  1. Sophie C Weatherhead, Wellcome research training fellow and dermatology SpR1,
  2. Clifford M Lawrence, consultant dermatologist1
  1. 1Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP
  1. s.c.weatherhead{at}

    Heal and colleagues report a reduced risk of wound infection with topical antibiotics after minor skin surgery.1 However, the control group had a high risk of infection and the influence of pre-existing carriage of skin pathogens, as shown by the appearance of the lesion’s surface, was not considered.

    Our prospective study shows that patients whose lesion preoperatively had …

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