This issue of the ASA Monitor is devoted to the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines SSI as “an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place.” In 2015, the CDC estimated that 110,800 patients suffered from SSIs (asamonitor.pub/3O8UOXi). Such statistics resulted in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), which was created to help reduce the rate of SSIs (JAMA Surg 2017;152:784-91). Hospitals are required to report SSIs (asamonitor.pub/3xtGTUM). Treating patients with SSIs is expensive – the average cost for SSIs ranges from $10,443 to $25,546 (JAMA Surg 2017;152:784-91).

The role of anesthesiologists in reducing SSIs has increased over the past decade, as summarized in the following articles in this issue of the Monitor.

Drs. Ural, Rajan, Metry, and Rafique provide indications, doses, and...

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