Hey surgeons! It is time to lead and be a champion in preventing and managing surgical infections!

World J Emerg Surg. 2020 Apr 19;15(1):28. doi: 10.1186/s13017-020-00308-1.


Appropriate measures of infection prevention and management are integral to optimal clinical practice and standards of care. Among surgeons, these measures are often over-looked. However, surgeons are at the forefront in preventing and managing infections. Surgeons are responsible for many of the processes of healthcare that impact the risk for surgical site infections and play a key role in their prevention. Surgeons are also at the forefront in managing patients with infections, who often need prompt source control and appropriate antibiotic therapy, and are directly responsible for their outcome. In this context, the direct leadership of surgeons in infection prevention and management is of utmost importance. In order to disseminate worldwide this message, the editorial has been translated into 9 different languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Turkish).

Keywords: Antibiotic therapy; Antimicrobial resistance; Infection prevention and control; Surgical infections.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / standards*
  • Leadership*
  • Physician's Role*
  • Surgeons / standards*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents