Surgical site infection research opportunities

Kamal M.F. Itani, E. Patchen Dellinger, John Mazuski, Joseph Solomkin, George Allen, Joan C. Blanchard, Rachel Kelz, Sandra I. Berríos-Torres

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Much has been done to identify measures and modify risk factors to decrease the rate of surgical site infection (SSI). Development of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core recommendations for the prevention of SSI revealed evidence gaps in six areas: Parenteral antimicrobial prophylaxis, glycemic control, normothermia, oxygenation, antiseptic prophylaxis, and non-parenteral antimicrobial prophylaxis. Using a modified Delphi process, seven SSI content experts identified nutritional status, smoking, obesity, surgical technique, and anemia as additional areas for SSI prevention research. Post-modified Delphi process Staphylococcus aureus colonization and SSI definition and surveillance were also deemed important topic areas for inclusion. For each topic, research questions were developed, and 10 were selected as the final SSI research questions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
JournalSurgical infections
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • anemia
  • antibiotic prophylaxis
  • glucose control
  • guideline
  • surgical site infection


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