Reduced risk of infection after surgery at AniCura

For the third consecutive year, AniCura, one of Europe's leading providers of high-quality veterinary care for companion animals, has completed a study on surgical site infections and the use of antibiotics in surgery. The study shows a significant reduction in surgical site infections at AniCura’s clinics, while use of antibiotics continues to differ between countries.

Between February and May, AniCura measured the prevalence of surgical site infections and the use of antibiotics in surgery among 1915 dogs at 102 veterinary clinics in Europe. The patients were checked seven days and thirty days after surgery to allow reliable detection of any infections resulting from the surgeries.

Clinics in the study that took part in AniCura’s quality program show a reduction in surgical site infections from 7,2% to 5,0% of all surgeries between 2017 and 2018.

- I am pleased to see that our quality program has positive and measurable effects on patient safety across Europe, says Ulrika Grönlund, Group Medical Quality Manager at AniCura.

Use of antibiotics in surgery can be reduced

Although the prevalence of surgical site infections is similar across countries (around 5,5%), the use of antibiotics still differs substantially between European countries. In Sweden, antibiotics were prescribed for 21% of the surgeries, while in Germany, antibiotics were used in 82% of the surgeries in the study.

- There is no correlation between a successful surgery and the use of antibiotics. Many vets are still using too much antibiotics, and I call for a more thoughtful mindset combined with improved routines for hygiene to reduce antibiotics use, concludes Ulrika Grönlund.

To veterinary clinics:

  • Always follow-up your patients 7 and 30 days after surgery and analyze your results
  • Antibiotics prophylaxis is seldom needed in clean surgeries 
  • If you give betalactam antibiotics, make sure you give it within 60 min before incision
  • Keep duration of antibiotic prophylaxis to 24 hours from incision
  • Keep your patients warm, above 37C

For further information, please contact
Maria Tullberg, Group Communications Manager AniCura, +46 736 268 886

About AniCura

AniCura is a family of well-known animal hospitals and clinics specialised in veterinary care for companion animals. Born out of the idea that sharing resources creates opportunities for better veterinary care, the company was established in 2011 as the first merger of companion animal hospitals in the Nordic region. Today, AniCura is a role model within specialised veterinary care and a valued partner for pet owners and referring veterinarians across Europe.

AniCura offers a wide range of high quality medical services covering preventive and basic health care as well as advanced diagnostics, internal medicine, intensive care, surgery and orthopaedics. AniCura also provides rehabilitation, physiotherapy and dietary advice and offers selected pet food and care products.

AniCura provides modern, high-quality veterinary care for pets at 200 European locations and creates peace of mind for pet owners through excellent access and patient safety. Every year, AniCura’s 4 000 passionate veterinary professionals attend to more than two million companion animal patients. AniCura is a trusted training and referral body.

For information on how AniCura is working to shape the future of veterinary care, please visit our website www.anicuragroup.com

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AniCura is a family of well-known animal hospitals and clinics specialised in veterinary care for companion animals. Born out of the idea that sharing resources creates opportunities for better veterinary care, the company was established in 2011 as the first merger of companion animal hospitals in the Nordic region. Today, AniCura is a role model within specialised veterinary care and a valued partner for pet owners and referring veterinarians across Europe. The company offers a wide range of high quality medical services covering preventive and basic health care as well as advanced diagnostics, internal medicine, intensive care, surgery and orthopaedics. AniCura also provides rehabilitation, physiotherapy and dietary advice and offers selected pet food and care products. For information on how AniCura is working to shape the future of veterinary care, please visit our website www.anicuragroup.com

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I am pleased to see that our quality program has positive and measurable effects on patient safety across Europe
Ulrika Grönlund, Group Medical Quality Manager at AniCura