American College of Surgeons, Surgical Infection Society issue new guidelines for SSI prevention, treatment: 5 highlights

In conjunction with the Surgical Infection Society, the American College of Surgeons issued updated recommendations for treating and preventing surgical site infections.

Here are five highlights:

1. The recommendations provide clinicians a step-by-step guide for addressing SSIs as there are many factors at play when treating such infections.

2. Some guidelines seek an alteration in hospital management to lower SSI risk while others highlight the importance of diabetic blood sugar control.

3. A key component of the guidelines addresses the importance of patient's role in preventing SSIs. Patients can lower this risk through behavioral changes, such as smoking cessation.

4. The American College of Surgeons and Surgical Infection Society used available research, clinical practice experience as well as previous recommendations to form the updated guidelines.

5. Journal of the American College of Surgeons published the guidelines prior to the print publication.

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