Introduction: The management of acute wounds may be affected by malpractices leading to poor outcome, prolonged hospital stay and inappropriate use of antibiotic therapy. Areas covered: Acute wound infections are represented by surgical site and post-traumatic infections. The aim of this expert opinion is to identify a list of inadvisable actions and to provide a guide for an optimal management of acute wound infections. A literature search using Pubmed/MEDLINE database was performed. Articles pertaining to areas covered published until December 2019 were selected. We identified the most common malpractices in this setting and, using the Choosing Wisely methodology, we proposed a list of “Don’ts” for an easy use in clinical practice. Expert opinion: Malpractices may occur from the surgical prophylaxis to the discharge of patient. A prolonged surgical prophylaxis, the underestimation of signs and symptoms, the omission of source control, the inappropriate collection of wound swab, the improper use of clinical microbiology and pharmacology, the lack of hygiene measures and the delay of discharge are all factors that may lead to unfavorable outcome. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to optimally manage these patients. The “Don’ts” refer to all professional figures involved in the management of patients with acute wound infections.

Acute wound infections management: the ‘Don’ts’ from a multidisciplinary expert panel

Aloj D.;Corcione S.;
2020

Abstract

Introduction: The management of acute wounds may be affected by malpractices leading to poor outcome, prolonged hospital stay and inappropriate use of antibiotic therapy. Areas covered: Acute wound infections are represented by surgical site and post-traumatic infections. The aim of this expert opinion is to identify a list of inadvisable actions and to provide a guide for an optimal management of acute wound infections. A literature search using Pubmed/MEDLINE database was performed. Articles pertaining to areas covered published until December 2019 were selected. We identified the most common malpractices in this setting and, using the Choosing Wisely methodology, we proposed a list of “Don’ts” for an easy use in clinical practice. Expert opinion: Malpractices may occur from the surgical prophylaxis to the discharge of patient. A prolonged surgical prophylaxis, the underestimation of signs and symptoms, the omission of source control, the inappropriate collection of wound swab, the improper use of clinical microbiology and pharmacology, the lack of hygiene measures and the delay of discharge are all factors that may lead to unfavorable outcome. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to optimally manage these patients. The “Don’ts” refer to all professional figures involved in the management of patients with acute wound infections.
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Acute wound infections; antibiotic resistance; surgical prophylaxis; surgical site infection; traumatic wound infections; wound swab; Acute Disease; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Bacterial Infections; Humans; Length of Stay; Surgical Wound Infection; Wound Infection
Sganga G.; Pea F.; Aloj D.; Corcione S.; Pierangeli M.; Stefani S.; Rossolini G.M.; Menichetti F.
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