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Mechanical bowel preps improve surgical outcomes in colorectal surgery
  1. Christopher Mantyh
  1. Department of Advanced Oncologic and GI Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Christopher Mantyh, Department of Advanced Oncologic and GI Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine, 201 Trent Dr, Durham, NC 27710, USA; christopher.mantyh{at}dm.duke.edu

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The manuscript by Kiran et al1 investigates a long contentious issue of preoperative bowel preps in colorectal surgery.

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The authors used the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) 2012 database to compare patients undergoing colon or rectal surgery which received either preoperative mechanical bowel prep alone (MBP+/ABX−), MBP with oral antibiotics (MBP+ABX), or neither MBP or ABX. In total 8442 patients were identified in the cohort. The primary end point of the study was overall surgical site …

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