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02.11.2016
New, first ever global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection launched!
The WHO global guidelines on prevention of surgical site infection are a world first. They are designed to address the increasing burden of health care-associated infections on both patients and health care systems globally.

The new Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection 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.


A WHO press release has been issued alongside an interview with Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is clearly pertinent to the SSI work and these guidelines include key recommendations on the prudent use of antibiotics.


This is a world first and we encourage you all to access the guidelines, publications and
supporting tools here.