Management of Surgical Site Infections

Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA; Gregory A. Brown, MD, PhD


J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020;28(6):e238-e241. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has developed Appropriate Use Criteria for the Management of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) (website: Evidence-based information, in conjunction with the clinical expertise of physicians, was used to develop the criteria to improve patient care and obtain best outcomes while considering the subtleties and distinctions necessary in making clinical decisions. The Appropriate Use Criteria for the Management of SSIs were derived by identifying clinical indications typical of patients commonly presenting with a SSI in clinical practice. These indications were most often parameters observable by the clinician, including symptoms and diagnostic tests. The 264 patient scenarios and nine treatments were developed by the writing panel, which consisted of a group of clinicians who are specialists in this Appropriate Use Criteria topic. Next, a separate, multidisciplinary, voting panel (made up of specialists and nonspecialists) rated the appropriateness of treatment of each patient scenario using a nine-point scale to designate a treatment as appropriate (median rating, seven to nine), may be appropriate (median rating, four to six), or rarely appropriate (median rating, one to three).