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

by Benedetta Allegranzi, Bassim Zayed, Peter Bischoff et al.
The Lancet Infect Dis 2016 – Published Online: November 2, 2016

16 pp. 335 kB

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. In this Review the authors present 16 recommendations specific to the intraoperative and postoperative periods. The WHO recommendations  were developed with a global perspective and they take into account the balance between benefits and harms, the evidence quality level, cost and resource use implications, and patient values and preferences.

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