This practical book on the management of infection in the surgical patient - covering all specific pathogens and hazards associated with the different areas of surgery - is a timely reminder that surgeons must make the control of infection their most important responsibility.
The vital importance of asepsis is repeatedly stressed and those factors that play a crucial role for the prevention and limitation of wound infection are clearly described, particularly those affecting the surgical patient. This book shows, explicitly, how surgical staff should behave and why they must comply with anti-infection protocols.
The book also emphasizes correct prescribing habits, containing information on treatment option for infections encountered by surgeons. Chemoprophylaxis is an important part of the preventive measures used in many types of surgery. Details of the selection and timing of appropriate agents included. By correct selection of antibiotic and dosage, not only should the patient have the benefit of prompt and efficient therapy but also, combined with high-quality control of infection procedures, this will help to slow the inexorable rise in the prevelance of antibiotic strains.
For the trainee surgeon, this book gives guidance on correct and safe prescribing as well as provding the information they require to satisfy the requirments of relevant Examining Boards. Senior surgeons will also benefit from the latest information regarding antibacterial chemoprophylaxis. The book will be of interest to clinical microbiologists working in close co-operation with surgical staff to minimize the ever-present threat of hospital acquired surgical-site infection.