Type

Journal Article

Authors

H Humphreys
A D K Hill
A Quinn

Subjects

Medicine & Nursing

Topics
prevention control physiopathology physiology humans wound healing surgical wound infection antibiotic prophylaxis epidemiology

Evolving issues in the prevention of surgical site infections. (2009)

Abstract Surgical site infection is one of the more common causes of post-operative morbidity. Such infections contribute to prolonged recovery, delayed discharge and increasing costs to both patients and the health service. In the current climate increased emphasis is being placed on minimising the risks of acquiring or transmitting these nosocomial infections. This article reviews the current literature obtained from a Pubmed database search in relation to three specific aspects of surgical site infection: compliance with prophylactic antibiotics, post-discharge surveillance and novel methods for preventing surgical site infections. These topics represent areas where many institutions will find room for improvement in the prevention of surgical site infections. Tight adherence to prophylactic antibiotic guidelines, close followup of surgical wounds during and after hospital discharge, and attention to oxygenation status and the body temperature of patients may all prove to be useful adjuncts in significantly decreasing surgical site infections.
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Full list of authors on original publication

H Humphreys, A D K Hill, A Quinn

Experts in our system

1
Hilary Humphreys
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 142
 
2
Arnold D K Hill
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 110