The management of intra-abdominal infections from a global perspective: 2017 WSES guidelines for management of intra-abdominal infections

Massimo Sartelli, Alain Chichom-Mefire, Francesco M. Labricciosa, Timothy Hardcastle, Fikri M. Abu-Zidan, Abdulrashid K. Adesunkanmi, Luca Ansaloni, Miklosh Bala, Zsolt J. Balogh, Marcelo A. Beltrán, Offir Ben-Ishay, Walter L. Biffl, Arianna Birindelli, Miguel A. Cainzos, Gianbattista Catalini, Marco Ceresoli, Asri Che Jusoh, Osvaldo Chiara, Federico Coccolini, Raul CoimbraFrancesco Cortese, Zaza Demetrashvili, Salomone Di Saverio, Jose J. Diaz, Valery N. Egiev, Paula Ferrada, Gustavo P. Fraga, Wagih M. Ghnnam, Jae Gil Lee, Carlos A. Gomes, Andreas Hecker, Torsten Herzog, Jae Il Kim, Kenji Inaba, Arda Isik, Aleksandar Karamarkovic, Jeffry Kashuk, Vladimir Khokha, Andrew W. Kirkpatrick, Yoram Kluger, Kaoru Koike, Victor Y. Kong, Ari Leppaniemi, Gustavo M. Machain, Ronald V. Maier, Sanjay Marwah, Michael E. McFarlane, Giulia Montori, Ernest E. Moore, Ionut Negoi, Iyiade Olaoye, Abdelkarim H. Omari, Carlos A. Ordonez, Bruno M. Pereira, Gerson A. Pereira Júnior, Guntars Pupelis, Tarcisio Reis, Boris Sakakhushev, Norio Sato, Helmut A. Segovia Lohse, Vishal G. Shelat, Kjetil Søreide, Waldemar Uhl, Jan Ulrych, Harry Van Goor, George C. Velmahos, Kuo Ching Yuan, Imtiaz Wani, Dieter G. Weber, Sanoop K. Zachariah, Fausto Catena

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Intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) are common surgical emergencies and have been reported as major contributors to non-trauma deaths in the emergency departments worldwide. The cornerstones of effective treatment of IAIs are early recognition, adequate source control, and appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Prompt resuscitation of patients with ongoing sepsis is of utmost important. In hospitals worldwide, non-acceptance of, or lack of access to, accessible evidence-based practices and guidelines result in overall poorer outcome of patients suffering IAIs. The aim of this paper is to promote global standards of care in IAIs and update the 2013 WSES guidelines for management of intra-abdominal infections.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
JournalWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 10 2017


  • Antibiotics
  • Intra-abdominal infections
  • Peritonitis
  • Sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine


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