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WHO launches global guidelines to stop surgical site infections

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 03 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5942
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Patients should not be shaved before surgery and should get antibiotics only before and during surgery, not afterwards, the World Health Organization has said.1

The advice is part of WHO’s first ever global guidelines on reducing surgical site infections (SSIs), a list of 29 recommendations to prevent infection before, during, and after surgery. They complement the surgical safety checklist launched by WHO in 2009.2

Ed Kelley, director of WHO’s department of service delivery and …

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