A PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF WOUND INFECTION IN EMERGENCY ABDOMINAL SURGERY

Dr Kartik K Agrawal, Dr Chirag Aghara, Dr Dharmendrasinh M Gohil

Abstract


Surgical site infection is the most common post-operative complication and represents a significant burden in terms of patient morbidity and mortality and cost to health services around the world. Surgical wound (site) infection is clinically defined as presence of pain at surgical wound, which is accompanied by erythema, induration and local tenderness or presence of purulent discharge at wound site(2)The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) definition states that only infections occurring within 30 days of surgery (or within a year in the case of implants) should be classified as SSIs. Stitch abscess was not included under SSIs(3)The basic surgical skills of post-operative precaution, pre-operative preparation, excellent surgical technique, fastidious wound care and post-operative management are corner stone's of infection prophylaxis. The advent of antimicrobial therapy has offered an important adjuvant to the prevention of surgical infection.



Keywords


surgical site infection, surgical wound, wound care, antimicrobial therapy,

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