Postoperative antibiotics and time to reach discharge criteria after appendectomy for complex appendicitis

Anne Loes van den Boom*, Elisabeth M. L. de Wijkerslooth, Louis J. X. Giesen, Charles C. C. van Rossem, Boudewijn R. Toorenvliet, Bas P. L. Wijnhoven

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Abstract

IntroductionPostoperative antibiotic treatment is indicated for 3 - 5 days following appendectomy for complex appendicitis. However, meeting discharge criteria may allow for safe discontinuation of antibiotics and discharge. This study assessed the association between time to reach discharge criteria and duration of postoperative antibiotic use and length of stay. MethodsThis is a multicenter retrospective cohort study including patients who underwent appendectomy for complex appendicitis and received postoperative antibiotics for >24 hours. Main outcome measures were time to reach discharge criteria, duration of postoperative antibiotic use, length of hospital stay and postoperative infectious complications. Discharge criteria were defined as absence of fever (temperature

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalDigestive Surgery
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Aug 2022

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