The Evidence Behind Prophylaxis and Treatment of Wound Infection After Surgery

  • Mona A. Al-Dabbagh
  • Simon DobsonEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 764)


Surgical site infections (SSIs) represent a serious post surgical complication. They are the leading cause of healthcare-related infections in developing countries and the second most common healthcare-related infection in developed countries. Here we discuss the epidemiology of and risk factors for SSIs together with the current evidence supporting the use of antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of wound infection after surgery.


Surgical Site Infection Prophylactic Antibiotic Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Childbed Fever Surgical Care Improvement Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases, Department of PediatricsBC Children’s HospitalVancouverCanada
  2. 2.King Abdulaziz Medical CityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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