The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection to address the issues of surgical site infections (SSI). Health care-associated infections (HAI) are acquired by patients while receiving care and represent the most frequent adverse event affecting patient safety worldwide. In the United States, SSI contribute to patients spending more than 400 000 extra days in hospital at a cost of an additional $10 billion per year.
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 SSI. Read more at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/recommendations-surgical-infections/en/