Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2019; 23 (2 Suppl): 224-239

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201904_17497

Prevention of surgical site infections in orthopaedic surgery: a synthesis of current recommendations

G. Tucci, E. Romanini, G. Zanoli, L. Pavan, M. Fantoni, M. Venditti

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Ospedale S. Giuseppe, Albano Laziale, Rome, Italy. tucci.gabriele@libero.it


Despite adopted precautions, surgical site infection (SSI) rate in orthopaedic surgery and its consequences still remain a major problem. Worldwide, infection prevention and control in perioperative settings are considered of primary importance for every healthcare system. The management of perioperative infections carries a heavy psychological and financial burden, since patients who experience SSI have increased hospital length of stay, morbidity and mortality rates, and higher hospital costs. As the treatment of such infections is particularly difficult in the presence of an implanted biomaterial, the prevention of SSI in orthopaedic surgery represents a challenging key issue, requiring the integration of a range of measures before, during and after surgery. In fact, over the years several aspects of SSI prevention have been studied in order to identify the best SSI prevention strategies and set out appropriate clinical practices. This article will review and summarize the recent international guidelines released on this subject together with other published relevant evidence.

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G. Tucci, E. Romanini, G. Zanoli, L. Pavan, M. Fantoni, M. Venditti
Prevention of surgical site infections in orthopaedic surgery: a synthesis of current recommendations

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2019
Vol. 23 - N. 2 Suppl
Pages: 224-239
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201904_17497