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Patient Allegedly Sustains Anaphylactic Reaction to Ancef in the Operating Room

April 16, 2015

The Case:

A middle-aged, obese male patient was scheduled for an elective surgical repair of an incisional hernia.

The patient’s allergies to codeine and penicillin were well-documented in his medical record. The surgeon ordered the antibiotic, Ancef, for pre-operative prophylactic infusion.

The anesthesiologist infused Ancef according to the surgeon’s orders and inducted the patient with …

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