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Dexamethasone appears safe in preventing postsurgery nausea

Although dexamethasone is often used to prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery, concerns have been raised that it may increase the risk of surgical-site infection. A new study from researchers in New Zealand and Australia published on May 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that dexamethasone was noninferior to placebo in the incidence of surgical-site infection within 30 days after nonurgent, noncardiac surgery.  

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