The global volume of surgery is considerable with over 313 million surgical procedures performed per year (Weiser et al, 2016). Despite advances in surgical technique, intraoperative practice and a rapidly expanding advanced wound dressing market, surgical wound complications (SWCs), such as surgical site infection (SSI) and surgical wound dehiscence (SWD) continue to pose considerable challenges globally for patients and healthcare providers. Novel methods for prediction, early detection, surveillance, and diagnosis are set to drive change, however, a back-to-basics approach is often needed, including the use of evidence-based guidelines. Learn more in this session about the status of this global issue and resources available to enable reduction of wound complications after surgery.
Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts, Associate Professor, Murdoch University
Rhidian Morgan-Jones, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Revision Knee Specialist, Schoen Clinic London