• Register for the upcoming SIS Meeting 2014 in Baltimore

    You can now register online for the upcoming SIS annual meeting in Baltimore 2014. 21 MOC Credits: The American College of Surgeons designates our meeting for 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. For members click the MEMBER LOG IN  button in the right column.  If you did not previously have an account, please click the Create an Account link.
  • SIS in the News

    Antibiotic over use remains a burden in health care. Dr. Phil Barie of the SIS remains a leader in antibiotic stewardship. As noted in this NPR review, public awareness is increasing.

  • Expert Roundtable Discussion

    Preoperative Preparation to Avoid Surgical Site Infections

    Dr. Marc Jeschke, chairman of the Scientific Studies Committee, reviews this inportant roundtable discussion from leading members of the SIS. Topics addressed include patient factors such as obesity and diabetes, bowel preparation, choice of antimicrobial agents, and the economic cost of SSIs. A critical read for anyone involved in the peri-operative care of the surgical patient.....

  • This month's featured SIS Member

    Scott C. Brakenridge MD MSCS

    Our group has described a syndrome of persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism (PICS) after trauma and surgical sepsis.  Advances in critical care medicine over the past two decades have significantly decreased in-hospital mortality following sepsis in surgical and trauma patients. However, instead of dying from septic shock and sudden multiple organ failure, patients survive with an extended course of chronic critical illness.  When we studied the epidemiology of these patients, we recognized that many of the survivors lingered in the intensive care unit with manageable organ dysfunctions. Their clinical course is characterized by recurrent inflammatory insults (e.g., repeat operations and nosocomial infections), a persistent acute-phase response with ongoing loss of lean body mass despite optimal nutritional support, poor wound healing and bedsores.  These patients (especially the elderly) are commonly discharged to long-term acute care facilities and skilled nursing facilities with significant cognitive and functional impairments, from which they rarely recover fully.  We hypothesize that chronic critical illness, driven by PICS and characterized by morbid long-term outcomes, is now the predominant clinical trajectory in surgical ICU sepsis survivors.  Through membership in the SIS, I hope to find a forum among experts in the field to present our research and to learn through the work others in order to advance the field of sepsis in trauma and surgical patients.

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  • SIS Foundation

    Support surgical infections research.

  • Resident Education Corner

    As we continue our education section, we herein review the presentation and management of Infected Artificial Urinary Sphincters (AUS). Although targeted at residents, this is applicable to all general surgeons in practice. Click here to review the powerpoint presentation.

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