Cross-journal Special Issue
Submission Status: Open | Submission Deadline: 31 October 2024
Guest Editor: Massimo Sartelli, MD, Global Alliance for Infections in Surgery & Macerata Hospital, Italy.
The threat of antibiotic resistance, otherwise known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), represents arguably the greatest patient safety challenge of our time. It has been widely reported that the world is on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era,” with the growth in multidrug-resistant bacteria raising the prospect that modern medicine will be increasingly unable to treat what are currently considered routine infections.
AMR occurs as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites develop antimicrobial defence mechanisms that reduce treatment efficacy and increase the risk of treatment failure, disease progression, severe illness, or death. However, misuse and overuse of antimicrobial agents, combined with ineffective infection prevention and control practices, are recognized as major drivers of the increasing prevalence of AMR
Surgeons in their clinical practice are at the forefront of preventing and managing infections. However, among surgeons, appropriate measures of infection prevention and management are often disregarded. The lack of awareness of these measures has marginalized surgeons from this fight.
Surgeons are responsible for many of the processes of healthcare that impact the risk for surgical site infections and play an important role in their prevention. Surgeons are also at the forefront of managing patients with infections, who often need prompt source control and adequate antibiotic therapy being directly responsible for their outcomes. In this context, their leadership in the multidisciplinary efforts to improve the quality of the surgical patient is critical. If surgeons around the world participate in this global fight, they will be pivotal leaders in addressing this challenge. Otherwise, they will be contributors to the worst crisis that the world health is facing.
This special issue invites submissions that address the global burden of AMR and the principles of appropriate infection prevention and management across the surgical pathway, with particular interest in the emergency surgery setting where, considering the severity of the patients, respecting principles of infection prevention and management is of primary importance.
The following journals are accepting submissions to this special issue:
Manuscripts should be formatted according to the individual journals submission guidelines for authors and submitted to the collection via the online submission system.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by the respective journal. Accepted articles will be published online on a continuous basis.
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