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Notice to Readers Publication of Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection,

The recently released Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 1999 (1,2) presents evidence-based recommendations for surgical site infection (SSI) prevention; provides an extensive review of the epidemiology, definitions, microbiology, pathogenesis, and surveillance of SSI; and provides a detailed discussion of the pre-, intra-, and post-operative issues relevant to SSI genesis. The guideline includes a continuing education component.

The guideline and information about continuing education credit are available on CDC's Hospital Infections Program, National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), World-Wide Web site or by writing to SSI Guideline Evaluation Activity, Hospital Infections Program, NCID, Mailstop E-69, CDC, 1600 Clifton Rd., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30333. Participating in this activity is free, and the deadline for applying for continuing education credit is April 15, 2000.

References

  1. Mangram AJ, Horan TC, Pearson ML, Silver LC, Jarvis WR, the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Guideline for prevention of surgical site infection, 1999. Infect Control Hospital Epidemiol 1999;20:247-80.

  2. Mangram AJ, Horan TC, Pearson ML, Silver LC, Jarvis WR, the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Guideline for prevention of surgical site infection, 1999. Am J Infect Control 1999;27:98-134.




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