New WHO recommendations on intraoperative and postoperative measures for surgical site infection prevention: an evidence-based global perspective

Allegranzi, Benedetta; Zayed, Bassim; Bischoff, Peter; Kubilay, N Zeynep; de Jonge, Stijn; de Vries, Fleur; Gomes, Stacey M; Gans, Sarah; Wallert, Elon D; Wu, Xiuwen; Abbas, Mohamed; Boermeester, Marja A; Dellinger, E Patchen; Egger, Matthias; Gastmeier, Petra; Guirao, Xavier; Ren, Jianan; Pittet, Didier; Solomkin, Joseph S (2016). New WHO recommendations on intraoperative and postoperative measures for surgical site infection prevention: an evidence-based global perspective. Lancet infectious diseases, 16(12), e288-e303. Elsevier 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30402-9

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Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most common health-care-associated infections in developing countries, but they also represent a substantial epidemiological burden in high-income countries. The prevention of these infections is complex and requires the integration of a range of preventive measures before, during, and after surgery. No international guidelines are available and inconsistencies in the interpretation of evidence and recommendations in national guidelines have been identifi ed. Considering the prevention of SSIs as a priority for patient safety, WHO has developed evidencebased and expert consensus-based recommendations on the basis of an extensive list of preventive measures. We present in this Review 16 recommendations specifi c to the intraoperative and postoperative periods. The WHO recommendations were developed with a global perspective and they take into account the balance between benefi ts and harms, the evidence quality level, cost and resource use implications, and patient values and preferences.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Egger, Matthias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1473-3099

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

15 Dec 2016 14:04

Last Modified:

08 Nov 2019 10:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30402-9

PubMed ID:

27816414

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.91595

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91595

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