Bowel Preparation in Elective Colon and Rectal Surgery Clinical Practice Guidelines (2019)

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)

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February 27, 2019

The guidelines on bowel preparation in elective colon and rectal surgery were released on January 1, 2019, by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).[1]

Mechanical bowel preparation (MBP) combined with preoperative oral antibiotics is typically recommended for elective colorectal resections.

Preoperative MBP alone, without oral antibiotics, is generally not recommended for patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery.

Preoperative oral antibiotics alone, without MBP, are generally not recommended for patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery.

Preoperative enemas alone, without MBP and oral antibiotics, are generally not recommended for patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery.

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