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Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 1999

  • Alicia J. Mangram (a1), Teresa C. Horan (a1), Michele L. Pearson (a1), Leah Christine Silver (a1), William R. Jarvis (a1) and The Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee...


The “Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 1999” presents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s recommendations for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs), formerly called surgical wound infections. This two-part guideline updates and replaces previous guidelines.

Part I, “Surgical Site Infection: An Overview,” describes the epidemiology, definitions, microbiology, pathogenesis, and surveillance of SSIs. Included is a detailed discussion of the pre-, intra-, and postoperative issues relevant to SSI genesis.


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SSI Guideline, Hospital Infections Program, Mailstop E69, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333


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