Knowledge, awareness, and attitude towards infection prevention and management among surgeons: Identifying the surgeon champion

Massimo Sartelli, Yoram Kluger, Luca Ansaloni, Federico Coccolini, Gian Luca Baiocchi, Timothy C. Hardcastle, Ernest E. Moore, Addison K. May, Kamal M.F. Itani, Donald E. Fry, Marja A. Boermeester, Xavier Guirao, Lena Napolitano, Robert G. Sawyer, Kemal Rasa, Fikri M. Abu-Zidan, Abdulrashid K. Adesunkanmi, Boyko Atanasov, Goran Augustin, Miklosh BalaMiguel A. Cainzos, Alain Chichom-Mefire, Francesco Cortese, Dimitris Damaskos, Samir Delibegovic, Zaza Demetrashvili, Belinda De Simone, Therese M. Duane, Wagih Ghnnam, George Gkiokas, Carlos A. Gomes, Andreas Hecker, Aleksandar Karamarkovic, Jakub Kenig, Vladimir Khokha, Victor Kong, Arda Isik, Ari Leppäniemi, Andrey Litvin, Eftychios Lostoridis, Gustavo M. Machain, Sanjay Marwah, Michael McFarlane, Cristian Mesina, Ionut Negoi, Iyiade Olaoye, Tadeja Pintar, Guntars Pupelis, Miran Rems, Ines Rubio-Perez, Boris Sakakushev, Helmut Segovia-Lohse, Boonying Siribumrungwong, Peep Talving, Jan Ulrych, András G. Vereczkei, Francesco M. Labricciosa, Fausto Catena

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Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of best practices of infection prevention and management, many surgeons worldwide fail to implement them. Evidence-based practices tend to be underused in routine practice. Surgeons with knowledge in surgical infections should provide feedback to prescribers and integrate best practices among surgeons and implement changes within their team. Identifying a local opinion leader to serve as a champion within the surgical department may be important. The "surgeon champion" can integrate best clinical practices of infection prevention and management, drive behavior change in their colleagues, and interact with both infection control teams in promoting antimicrobial stewardship.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 17 2018


  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Infection
  • Prevention
  • Surgeon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine


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