Lecture Series with Dr. Caitlin Madden – Part 2

Dr. Madden recently had the privilege of speaking at the Mid-Atlantic Podiatry Conference alongside many prominent names in the field. The three-day conference included lectures and workshops, and was co-sponsored by the Podiatry Institute and the Mid-Atlantic Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Madden shared her knowledge, with a packed lecture hall of her medical colleagues, on topics including antibiotics prophylaxis, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) prevention, and in-office ultrasound use. She proudly represented FASMA as a young physician and surgeon with a bright future.

Part 2: Antibiotic Stewardship: When you really need them.

Antibiotics Before Surgery: In Dr. Madden’s second lecture, she discussed antibiotics use in  surgery. Many surgeons routinely give their patients antibiotics before all types of surgery, often through an IV (intravenous) line, but not all surgical procedures really require or benefit from them. Procedures involving bone or implants are more likely to need pre-operative antibiotics. Often this is one dose while the patient is already sedated. It’s important in this age of bacterial resistance to remember to use our antibiotics judiciously- this is called antibiotic stewardship.