Strategies to prevent surgical site infections in acute care hospitals: 2014 update

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jun;35(6):605-27. doi: 10.1086/676022.


Previously published guidelines are available that provide comprehensive recommendations for detecting and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The intent of this document is to highlight practical recommendations in a concise format designed to assist acute care hospitals in implementing and prioritizing their surgical site infection (SSI) prevention efforts. This document updates “Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Acute Care Hospitals,” published in 2008. This expert guidance document is sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and is the product of a collaborative effort led by SHEA, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and The Joint Commission, with major contributions from representatives of a number of organizations and societies with content expertise. The list of endorsing and supporting organizations is presented in the introduction to the 2014 updates.

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Hospitals / standards*
  • Humans
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / methods*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control*
  • United States