A proposal for a comprehensive approach to infections across the surgical pathway

World J Emerg Surg. 2020 Feb 18;15(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s13017-020-00295-3.


Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of best practices in infection prevention and management, many healthcare workers fail to implement them and evidence-based practices tend to be underused in routine practice. Prevention and management of infections across the surgical pathway should always focus on collaboration among all healthcare workers sharing knowledge of best practices. To clarify key issues in the prevention and management of infections across the surgical pathway, a multidisciplinary task force of experts convened in Ancona, Italy, on May 31, 2019, for a national meeting. This document represents the executive summary of the final statements approved by the expert panel.

Keywords: Antimicrobial resistance; Antimicrobial stewardship; Healthcare-associated infections; Infection control; Multidrug-resistant organisms; Preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis; Surgical site infections.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / standards*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents