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Society guideline links: Prevention of surgical site infections in adults

Society guideline links: Prevention of surgical site infections in adults

Introduction — This topic includes links to society and government-sponsored guidelines from selected countries and regions around the world. We will update these links periodically; newer versions of some guidelines may be available on each society's website. Some societies may require users to log in to access their guidelines.

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Links to related guidelines are provided separately. (See "Society guideline links: Deep sternal wound infection".)


World Health Organization (WHO): Global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection, 2nd edition (2018)

World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES): Guidelines for management of intraabdominal infections from a global perspective (2017)

WHO: Guidelines for safe surgery (2009)


Best Practice in Surgery (BPS): Surgical site infection prevention

Choosing Wisely Canada: Don't order peri-operative antibiotics beyond a 24-hour post-operative period for non-complicated instrumented cases in patients who are not at high risk for infection or wound contamination. Administration of a single pre-operative dose for spine cases without instrumentation is adequate (2019)

United States

American Society of Transplantation (AST): Guidelines on surgical site infections (2019)

Choosing Wisely: Don't continue antibiotics used for surgical prophylaxis after the patient has left the operating room (2015, revised 2019)

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): Practice bulletin for the prevention of infection after gynecologic procedures (2018)

American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Surgical Infection Society (SIS): Surgical site infection guidelines, 2016 update (published 2017)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Guideline for the prevention of surgical site infection (2017)

Choosing Wisely: Avoid routine postoperative antibiotics (2015)

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), SIS, and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA): Clinical practice guidelines for antimicrobial prophylaxis in surgery (ARCHIVED; published 2013)

United Kingdom

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): Medical technologies guidance on Leukomed Sorbact for preventing surgical site infection (2021)

NICE: Medical technologies guidance on Plus Sutures for preventing surgical site infection (2021)

NICE: Guideline on surgical site infections – Prevention and treatment (2019, updated 2020)

NICE: Quality standard on surgical site infection (2013)


[In Japanese] Japan Society for Surgical Infection: Gastroenterological surgery perioperative management guidelines for SSI prevention (2018)

[In English] Japanese Urological Association (JUA): Essential Japanese guidelines for the prevention of perioperative infections in the urological field, 2015 edition (published 2016)

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