Peer Review History

Original SubmissionAugust 1, 2019
Decision Letter - Ricardo Q. Gurgel, Editor


Influences on surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis decision-making by surgical craft groups, anaesthetists, pharmacists and nurses in public and private hospitals


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Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes


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Reviewer #1: N/A

Reviewer #2: N/A


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Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes


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Reviewer #2: Yes


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Reviewer #1: I only recomend correction of a few typos:

1. Replace ":" for ";" in lines 341, 528, 551, and 580;

2. In line 414/415: check the sequence of tenses;

3. In line 481, table 9, column 2, row 5: formatting yielded "communicatio n";

4. In line 525: insert a space after the full stop:

5. In line 536: hyphenate "time out";

6. In line 554: replace "Australia" for "Australian";

7. In line 555: remove the space before the full stop;

8. In line 571: insert a space after both colons.

Reviewer #2: The study gives us insight into barriers to implementing SAP. Authors are to be applauded for their efforts and so do the participants who took a major chunk of time out of their schedules to help understand this issue better. Although it is a snapshot of thoughts in a given geographically limited area, the results do reveal psychological factors that are more universal.

Only minor revision I would suggest is to include the participant specific time contributed to the project. if one more vociferous participant contributed more time and opinions than others - this can skew the data and also ultimate take home message due to personal prejudice of this participant. To know each participants total input might help to highlight bias in reporting.

Many comments seem specialty specific. Can this be reported in a grouped fashion e.g. plastic surgeons vs. colorectal surgeon cohort and their perception of national guidelines etc. This will make it even more meaningful report.


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Reviewer #1: Yes: Prof. Carlos Anselmo Lima

Reviewer #2: Yes: Puneet Sindhwani

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Revision 1

Please refer to the attached Response to Reviewers letter. It includes a table that summarises all reviewer and editorial comments and our subsequent responses to all their concerns.

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Decision Letter - Ricardo Q. Gurgel, Editor

Influences on surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis decision-making by surgical craft groups, anaesthetists, pharmacists and nurses in public and private hospitals


Dear Dr. Ierano,

We are pleased to inform you that your manuscript has been judged scientifically suitable for publication and will be formally accepted for publication once it complies with all outstanding technical requirements.

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With kind regards,

Ricardo Q. Gurgel, PhD

Academic Editor


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Formally Accepted
Acceptance Letter - Ricardo Q. Gurgel, Editor


Influences on surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis decision making by surgical craft groups, anaesthetists, pharmacists and nurses in public and private hospitals.

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