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Wound infections after surgery affects up to 53,000 Canadians each year because antibiotics are administered at the wrong time. If given too early, their effects wear off by the time surgery occurs and if given too late, it doesn't have time to reach the wound when surgery starts. A post-operative infection can be life threatening as well as requiring the patient to spend an extra week in hospital.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by CBC News
About: Timing of antibiotics can have a huge effect on wound infections
Date: 4 June 2004
Source: CBC News
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