Vietnam heart institute says postsurgical antibiotics unnecessary

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The Vietnam National Heart Institute has successfully performed heart surgeries without using antibiotics afterward significantly reducing the cost of treatment, said a leading doctor on November 25.

Duong Duc Hung, chief surgeon at the institute in Hanoi, told Tien Phong that the new model only requires patients to take three grams of antibiotics prior to undergoing surgery, and none after it.

He said more than 95 percent of patients under the model over the past seven months did not suffer infections after surgery.

The doctor said the model requires better hygiene in the patient's room at the hospital.

He did not specify procedures in the non-antibiotics surgery.

He said the method keeps the patients from becoming immune to antibiotics and saves patients VND1-4 million (US$48-192) a day on antibiotic prescriptions.

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