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A simple preventive measure is an antibacterial scrub such as providoneiodine (Betadine) in the abdominal and lumbar region the night prior to surgery. More importantly, an antimicrobial prophylaxis is ordered on the day of surgery since a foreign device is being implanted. 20 The choice of antibiotics depends on physician preference and the type of infection. Typically, intravenous cefazolin (a first-generation cephalosporin) is used. Vancomycin may also be used in hospital settings where methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis are common or for patients allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin.
Discharge instructions should include the following: First visit Verify where visits are to be made Remove sutures, typically 10 days after surgery Calculate when pump needs to be refilled Confirm next reml appointment Infection awareness Assess incisions daily for signs of infection Call appropriate person if temperature > 101°F, headache, neck stiffness, nausea, drainage, or fluid accumulation 46 4. 1. Discharge Instructions: Intrathecal Baclofen. Please return to see the nurse or doctor on _ _ _ _ _ _ __ We will evaluate your spasticity, refill the pump with baclofen, and adjust your dose.
Obtain cultures (from wound, reservoir, and/or CSF) and use systemic antibiotic therapy if appropriate. Removal and/or relocation of the drug pump may be necessary. Management includes surgically repositioning the pump in either the same or opposite side of the abdomen. Prophylactic antibiotic therapy is typically initiated. Management ~ Kernlg's sign: have patient In recumbent position, flex one of the patient's legs at the hlp and knee, then straighten the knee. Observe for resistance or pain.
A Primer on Theory and Operation of Linear Accelerators in Radiation Therapy by C. J. Karzmark