The management of intra-abdominal infections from a global perspective: 2017 WSES guidelines for management of intra-abdominal infections

World J Emerg Surg. 2017 Jul 10:12:29. doi: 10.1186/s13017-017-0141-6. eCollection 2017.


Intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) are common surgical emergencies and have been reported as major contributors to non-trauma deaths in the emergency departments worldwide. The cornerstones of effective treatment of IAIs are early recognition, adequate source control, and appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Prompt resuscitation of patients with ongoing sepsis is of utmost important. In hospitals worldwide, non-acceptance of, or lack of access to, accessible evidence-based practices and guidelines result in overall poorer outcome of patients suffering IAIs. The aim of this paper is to promote global standards of care in IAIs and update the 2013 WSES guidelines for management of intra-abdominal infections.

Keywords: Antibiotics; Intra-abdominal infections; Peritonitis; Sepsis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / drug therapy
  • Abdominal Injuries / surgery
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Disease Management
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Intraabdominal Infections / drug therapy*
  • Intraabdominal Infections / surgery*
  • Organ Dysfunction Scores
  • Peritonitis / drug therapy
  • Sepsis / drug therapy
  • Sepsis / surgery
  • Societies, Medical / organization & administration
  • Societies, Medical / trends*
  • Surgeons / organization & administration
  • Surgeons / trends


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents