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Global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection

The first ever Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection were published on 3 November 2016. They include a list of 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from 26 reviews of the latest evidence. The recommendations have also been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and are designed to address the increasing burden of health care-associated infections on both patients and health care systems globally, alongside supporting tools issued by WHO. WHO will continue to issue tools in support of guideline implementation throughout 2017.

This guideline is a world first and will be welcomed by doctors and patients alike. We encourage you all to access and promote the guidelines, publications and supporting tools.



Related documents

Press release on WHO global guideline on the prevention of surgical site infection

The Lancet Infectious diseases publications on WHO global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection

Surgical site infections - infographic

Global guidelines for the prevention of SSI

Advocacy slides

Related links

The European Centres for Disease Control (ECDC) have launched their latest report on surgical site infections from 2013-2014 on 3 November 2016.