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1Introduction

Infecting microorganisms should be identified, their antibiotic sensitivities defined, and appropriate specific antibiotics admi

Bacteriology

Infecting microorganisms should be identified, their antibiotic sensitivities defined, and appropriate specific antibiotics administered as an adjunct to surgical treatment.
It is now appreciated that not all infecting micro-organisms are free in the wound tissues and fluids. Those that are free, and therefore likely to be detectable by standard culture techniques, are called, in modern terminology, planktonic micro-organisms.