Survey on the use of topical antibiotics to prevent surgical site infection (SSI)

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and European Wound Management Association (EWMA) would like to invite you to participate in this 5 minute survey.

The survey is aimed at all relevant Healthcare Professionals to ascertain an insight into practices and attitudes regarding topical antibiotics.

SSI accounts for about 20% of all healthcare associated infections, directly affecting mortality and morbidity rates, time spent in hospital, and treatment costs. Topical antibiotics are those applied directly to surgical wounds in forms such as powders, pastes and irrigation solutions.  However, there is controversy about how effective topical agents are; and it is not clear how widespread their use is.

Your response will inform an important debate at the 2017 Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) Conference, entitled: ‘The rationale for topical antibiotic use in surgery to prevent post-operative infection – myth or science?’

This debate will place current guidelines within the context of actual use of topical antibiotics in order to understand any differences in practice.

Please share this invitation with as many colleagues as possible to facilitate a large and representative response. 

Please click this link to access the survey:

Collated survey results will be shared with all participants who provide contact details.

Thank you, in anticipation for your support.