Letters Surgical site infection

Guidelines or misguidance?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2578 (Published 19 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2578
  1. Peter J Mahaffey, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon1
  1. 1Bedford Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ
  1. pjm10{at}tiscali.co.uk

    The drive to minimise surgical wound infection should be an instinct instilled early into surgical trainees on the basis of surgical pride and the need to minimise harm to their patients. The more the process is devolved into sets of guidelines1 the less effective the outcomes will be, and the less personal responsibility will be taken by clinicians at all …

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