December 1997

The Surgical Infection SocietyA 10-Year Update

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Arch Surg. 1997;132(12):1262. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1997.01430360008001

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THIS ISSUE of the Archives is devoted to the publication of papers from the 1997 meeting of the Surgical Infection Society (SIS). In my Presidential Address before the sixth annual meeting of the SIS in 1986, I reviewed the events that led to the development of the society and discussed 5 challenges that would be important for its continued health and growth. The editors of the Archives have requested that I provide a brief editorial to discuss how the society has met or is meeting these challenges.

Challenge I was to ensure the lowest possible wound infection rate by the application of current knowledge. The concepts for wound care and antibiotic prophylaxis are well established and require only their routine but strict application to prevent all but a few surgical wound infections. However, surgical practice has changed significantly since 1986, with more complicated procedures being done in an increasingly older

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