Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection

January 2017
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    27th January 2017
  • ISBN 9789241549882
  • Language English
  • Pages 184 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.5"

The aim of these guidelines is to provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based recommendations for interventions to be applied during the pre-, intra-, and postoperative periods for the prevention of surgical site infection (SSI) while also considering aspects related to resource availability and values and preferences.

Although the guidelines are intended for surgical patients of all ages, some recommendations do not apply to the pediatric population due to lack of evidence or inapplicability, and this is clearly stated.

The primary target audience for these guidelines is the surgical team: surgeons, nurses, technical support staff, anesthetists, and any professionals directly providing surgical care. Pharmacists and sterilization unit staff will also be concerned by some aspects of these guidelines. The recommendations are also intended to be used by policy-makers, senior managers, and infection prevention and control (IPC) professionals as the basis for developing national and local SSI protocols and policies as well as supporting staff education and training.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization is a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, charged to act as the world's directing and coordinating authority on questions of human health. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.