Preventing stump infections, are the times changing?

Laura Brook, Melanie Toomey, Ian Spark

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Major amputations carry a high risk of post-operative infection with reports ranging from 13-40%. Reasoning for this is multifactorial as patients often have risk factors for decreased wound healing and a predisposition to infection. Age, diabetes, smoking, bacterial colonisation and PAD all increase the risk of stump infection which in turn increases the length of stay, delays and limits rehabilitation and increases mortality.

Antibiotic prophylaxis reduces the rate of stump infection and re-amputation. Therefore this audit aims to determine the incidence and appropriateness of antibiotic prophylaxis and review the current protocol in light of the change to the Therapeutic Guidelines advice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Surgery Annual Congress: "Vascular Challenges - Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 Aug 20168 Aug 2016


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Surgery Annual Congress
Abbreviated titleANZSVS 2016
OtherThe theme is "Vascular Challenges" where we will be exploring controversies relevant to surgeons practicing open vascular surgery and performing endovascular interventions in Australia and New Zealand. The Vascular Nurses will again join us in a parallel ANZSVN stream and there will be a Vascular Imaging Symposium Friday 5th August.


  • Amputation
  • Infection
  • Post-operative
  • Wound healing
  • Stump infection


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