Antibiotic use was retrospectively examined in appendicectomy cases
in Antigua. Antibiotics were given for a mean of 5.39 days in 96.7%
of cases. A distinction between inflammation, contamination and infection was not clearly made. Three or more antibiotics were given in
83% of cases. Use of antibiotics does not follow guide-lines from the Surgery Infection Society regarding prophylaxis for appendicectomy.