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V43N6: Surgical Infection

Recommended Reading

Althumairi AA, et al. Benefits of Bowel Preparation Beyond Surgical Site Infection: A Retrospective Study. Ann Surg. 2016;264(6): 1051-1057.

    This article supplies informative data on the effects of bowel preparation on complications other than surgical site infection.

Ban KA, et al. American College of Surgeons and Surgical Infection Society: Surgical Site Infection Guidelines, 2016 Update. J Am Coll Surg. 2017;224(1): 59-74.

    This article provides useful guidelines for reducing risk of surgical site infection.

De Pascale G, Tumbarello M. Fungal infections in the ICU: advances in treatment and diagnosis. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2015;21(5): 421-429.

    This is a valuable review of the diagnosis and management of fungal infections in critically ill patients.

Kollef MH. Ventilator-associated complications, including infection-related complications: the way forward. Crit Care Clin. 2013;29(1): 33-50.

    Kollef provides a useful perspective on managing a common complication in critically ill surgical patients. Contemporary methods of VAP prevention are also included.

Marshall JR, et al. Laparoscopic Lavage in the Management of Hinchey Grade III Diverticulitis: A Systematic Review. Ann Surg. 2017;265(4): 670-676.

    Laparoscopic lavage may be a useful alternative to open colon resection for patients with complex perforated diverticulitis. Data presented in this article provided guidance for using this approach.

Mazuski JE, et al. The Surgical Infection Society Revised Guidelines on the Management of Intra-Abdominal Infection. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2017;18(1): 1-76.

    These guidelines are important for surgeons seeking effective ways to manage intraabdominal infections.

Napolitano LM, Edmiston CE, Jr. Clostridium difficile disease: Diagnosis, pathogenesis, and treatment update. Surgery. 2017;162(2): 325-348.

    This is a very thorough and clearly written review of an important topic.

Zielinski MD, et al. Is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's lack of reimbursement for postoperative urinary tract infections in elderly emergency surgery patients justified? Surgery. 2014;156(4): 1009-1015. Free Full Text

    This article carefully examines the available data and concludes that there is not sufficient support of payment penalties for postoperative UTI for particular patient groups.