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What medications provide protection from postoperative GI bleeding?

H2 blockers, PPI


What measures provide protection from postoperative atelectasis and pneumonia

Incentive spirometry, coughing, smoking cessation, ambulation


What treatments provide protection from postoperative DVT?

LMWH; subcutaneous low-dose unfractionated heparin; sequential compression device for lower extremities; early ambulation


What measures provide protection from wound infection?

Shower the night before surgery with chlorhexidine scrub; no razors for hair removal; ensure adequate skin prep in OR; do not close the skin in a contaminated case; ensure preoperative antibiotics in the bloodstream before incision; ensure no excess Bovie


Why not use a razor to remove hair preoperatively?

Micro-cuts are a nidus for bacteria and subsequent wound infections


How long should prophylactic antibiotics be given?

< 24 hours


What treatment provides protection from oral or esophageal fungal infection during IV antibiotic treatment?

PO nystatin


What measures prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)?

Head of bed > 30 degrees; hand-washing; patient oral hygiene; avoidance of gastric overdistention


What is the classic preoperative bowel prep?

1. Lower bacterial count in colon by catharsis (GoLYTELY or Fleets)
2. PO antibiotics (neomycin, erythromycin) preoperatively
3. Preoperative IV antibiotics with spectrum against anaerobes (e.g. Cefoxitin)


Is there any evidence that a bowel prep decreases infections?



What treatment provides protection from OPSS after splenectomy?

Immunization against H. flu, Streptococcus, Meningococcus, and penicillin when illness/fever occurs


What treatment provides protection from endocarditis with faulty heart valve or prosthetic heart valve?

Antibiotics prior to dental procedure or any surgery


What treatment provides protection from tetanus infection?

Tetanus toxoid (and tetanus immunoglobulins, if one or no previous toxoid with dirty wound)


What treatment provides protection from alcohol withdrawal?

Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), also give Rally pack


What treatment provides protection from Wernicke's encephalopathy?

Rally pack (contains thiamine, folate, and magnesium)


What is Wernicke's encephalopathy?

Condition resulting from thiamine deficiency in patients with alcoholism, causing a triad of symptoms:
1. Confusion
2. Ophthalmoplegia
3. Ataxia


What treatment decreases the risk of perioperative adrenal crisis in a patient on chronic steroids?

Stress-dose steroids (100 mg hydrocortisone administered preoperatively, continued postoperatively q8h, and then tapered off)