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Feb 15, 2018

One in ten develops an SSI globally – 20% resistant to antibiotics

More than one in 10 (12%) patients around the world develops a surgical site infection within 30 days of gastrointestinal surgery, finds a study* of more than 12,500 people in 66 countries, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases

Worryingly, more than one in five (22%) of these infections were resistant to the antibiotics given before surgery to ward off infections. 

β€œThese findings begin to characterise the relationship between surgical site infections and global antimicrobial resistance,” says Dr Ewen Harrison, NIHR Unit on Global Surgery at the University of Edinburgh.