Conference Programme


Not Today SSI's! When Surgical Site Infections Occur and How to Survive

Apr 20, 2020
Clinical Theater 1
Soft Tissue Surgery

Surgical Site infection (SSI) has been described as a complication of 0.8% to 18.1% of small animal surgical procedures, with significant variation associated with surgery type. SSIs represent a significant source of morbidity, mortality, and cost associated with small animal surgery. The most well-established and effective strategies to reduce the impact of SSIs are preventive. When SSI is identified, the use of consistent definitions and culture-based therapy is usually the best approach. The selection of antibiotics remains a very important step in SSI treatment, particularly due to the increasing incidence of MDR-resistant pathogens in veterinary patients. This lecture will cover the risk factors for SSIs and some approaches when SSI occurs.

  • - To know risk factors associated with SSI
  • - To define a strategy when SSI occurs
Vincent Wavreille, DVM, MS, MRCVS, DACVS, Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology - The Ohio State University