Patients who are having abdominoplasty or a facelift need to be extremely careful with their incisions and dressings following surgery. These procedures specifically tend to have patients reclining or laying in the bed for long periods of time. The incisions which require tightening of the skin should stay clean and the dressings dry during the initial recovery. Dr. O’Toole prescribes antibiotics following surgery and patients are to take the entire prescription until finished. In preparation for their procedure patients should be sure they have a clean and dry place to recover once the procedure is completed. Patients having in office procedures such as Smart Lipo are usually required to complete their antibiotic prescription medication just as every surgical patient. Modern medicine has been compelled to create new antibiotics to fight very stubborn and new strains of infection. According to CBS Los Angeles The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic to treat an intestinal infection that afflicts more than 700,000 U.S. patients each year and can sometimes prove fatal.
Optimer Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Dificid tablets were approved to treat an infection called Clostridium difficile that usually affects older patients. It can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to potentially life-threatening inflammation of the colon.
Dificid is the first new drug approved for the infection in nearly 25 years, according to the company.
The FDA approved the drug based on company trials that showed it worked about as well as an older medication, vancomycin, at treating the infection. The drug proved even more effective at preventing re-infection three weeks after treatment than the older drug.
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