Prophylactic Antibiotic in Treatment of Fingertip Amputation
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Fingertip amputation is a common injury. Considerable controversy exists as to whether prophylactic antibiotics are necessary for this injury. The investigators goal was to compare the rate of infections among subgroups with and without prophylactic antibiotic treatment. The study hypothesis was that infection rates were similar in the two groups.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
fingertip amputation with bone exposed
under the age of 18 years
if the patient had diabetes
used steroids regularly
presented with a grossly contaminated wound or other injury requiring antibiotic treatment
were currently taking antibiotics, or had a previous allergic reaction to cephalosporins.