Surgery site infection is the type of infections which are acquired after surgeries. These infections are caused by the bacteria and they develop in the part of the body where the surgery was earlier performed. This hospital acquired condition’s most common symptoms include pain, redness and bad smell from the wound.
According to Mwita et al., globally recognized ways to prevent this condition include “antiseptic preparation, surgical hand preparation and wound protector devices” (516). Thus, a significant part of the process of getting infected is the lack of proper sterile conditions. An additional reason for the high rates of acquiring these infections could be relatively bad level of education within this area. Therefore, an important step within the process of preventing this infection is the constant improvement of medical education, as well as raising awareness of possible infections related to post-surgery time period.
In order to improve the situation, people started to use antibiotics in the process of treatment of surgery site infections. Nevertheless, there are some concerns related to its efficiency and the way it is applied. For example, often antibiotics are prescribed for a continuous time period after acquiring an infection (Mwita et al., 516). However, it could not always be helpful, as depending on the individual characteristics of body long treatment with antibiotics can affect body’s natural regeneration system.
Still, over the past few years people have been efficiently raising awareness on the matter and the aspects related to its treatment. However, personally I would pay more attention to the steps of prevention of getting infected. Treating people who acquire infections is undeniably important, but the detailed and focused approach to taking necessary steps in order to prevent it in the first place is more significant. Once the steps for preventing the process of getting an infections would be polished to perfection, the chances to acquire infections will noticeably decrease, which is the most important part.
Mwita, J. C., Ogunleye, O. O., Olalekan, A., Kalungia, A. C., Kurdi, A., Saleem, Z., Sneddon, J., & Godman, B. (2021). Key Issues Surrounding Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Prevention of Surgical Site Infections in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Narrative Review and the Implications. International journal of general medicine, 14, 515–530.