Is the Microbiology of SSI Predestined? Are the organisms already present on the patient? –Classically, it was taught that SSI are caused by flora entering the wound during the procedure –Studies on Staph aureus bacteremia support that mechanism
Non Pharmacologic Operative Interventions Supplemental oxygen during surgery Maintenance of normothermia Maintenance of normoglycemia
Supplemental Oxygen Greif 2000: –Double blind, controlled multicenter study of 500 patients undergoing colorectal resections –Intervention: 80% vs 30% FiO 2 during and 2 hours after surgery –Reduction in SSI rate from 11.2% to 5.2% (p=0.01)
Not so fast Pryor 2004 –Double blind, randomized, controlled study in one hospital of patients undergoing a variety of abdominal surgeries –Intervention: 80% vs 35% FiO 2 during and two hours after –Increase in SSI rate from 11.3% to 25% (p=0.03)
Maintenance of Normothermia Anesthesia influences thermoregulatory control Mild hypothermia associated with –Adverse myocardial events/vasoconstriction –Coagulopathy –Inhibits oxidative killing by PMN’s –Reduces metabolism of many drugs –Thermal discomfort
Anesthetic Effects on Thermoregulation Sessler CID 2002;35:1397-1404
Kurz, A. et al. N Engl J Med 1996;334:1209-1216 Core Temperatures during and after Colorectal Surgery in the Study Patients
Kurz, A. et al. N Engl J Med 1996;334:1209-1216 Postoperative Findings in the Two Study Groups
Maintenance of Normoglycemia Cardiothoracic surgery –In diabetic patients, maintenance of sugar <200 associated with lower risk of deep SSI (2.4% vs 1.5%, p<0.02) –Continuous intravenous insulin superior to sliding scale (2% vs 0.8%, p=0.01) Zerr et al. Ann Thor Surg 1997;63:356-61 Furnary et al. Ann Thor Surg 1999;67:352-60
Topical Mupirocin Nasal Source of Staph Aureus for subsequent SSI Preoperative topical use in nares –Only on those patients known to be carriers Resistance is becoming an issue –Prolonged use CONTRAINDICATED –No evidence of any benefit beyond five days
Perl, T. M. et al. N Engl J Med 2002;346:1871-1877 Overall and Staphylococcus aureus-Specific Rates of Nosocomial Infection among Patients Who Received Mupirocin and Those Who Received Placebo
Pre Operative Antibiotics Type of surgery –Clean contaminated Transect mucosal surfaces –Clean with high risk of infection Insertion of prosthesis Cardiac/neurosurgery Choice of drug Timing of drug Duration of drug
Conclusions Not possible to prevent all SSI Preoperative and intraoperative processes can reduce the rate Antibiotics alone are not the answer Prolonging prophylactic antibiotics are contraindicated Screening for MRSA colonization may become mandatory
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