Preventing and managing surgical site infections across health care sectors
Project period: 2017 - 2020
While guidelines for preventing and managing surgical site infections (SSI) in hospitals are in place in many countries there is still a need for guidance on how to deal with SSI management and prevention in community care. A set of recommendations on this topic covering primary as well secondary care, and targeting health care professionals in hospital as well as community based nurses and general practitioners, does not yet exist.
EWMA has therefore decided to focus on SSI and develop a document on the topic. The document will be published in the Journal of Wound Care in August 2019 and is developed in collaboration with Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), Infection Prevention Society (IPS) and Wounds Australia.
The main objectives of the EWMA SSI project are to:
- Map the SSI incidence, prevalence and high risk areas, based on published information and data available from SSI-registries.
- Present the available modern techniques for prevention and treatment of surgical site infections, including assessment of cost effectiveness, patient mobility, pain etc.
- Provide best practice recommendations for SSI management and prevention in hospitals and community care.
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Jan Stryja (Editor), Czech Republic, Vascular Surgeon (EWMA), Centre of vascular and miniinvasive surgery, Hospital Podlesi, The Czech Republic. Salvatella Ltd., Centre of non-healing wounds treatment, Podiatric outpatients' department, The Czech Republic.
Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts (Co-editor), Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia
Mark Collier, Independent – formerly at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, c/o Pilgrim Hospital, UK
Claus Moser, Rigshospitalet, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Denmark
Karen Ousey, UK, Professor of Skin Integrity, University of Huddersfield
Sebastian Probst, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Jennie Wilson, UK, Epidemiologist, Infection Prevention Society, University of West London, College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, UK
Deborah Xuereb, Infection Prevention Nurse, Mater Dei Hospital, Malta
This project is supported by an unrestricted grant from: