An evidence-based approach to intra-abdominal infections

Intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) are common surgical emergencies and have been reported as major contributors to non-trauma deaths in the emergency departments worldwide. The cornerstones of effective treatment of IAIs are early recognition, adequate source control, and appropriate antimicrobial therapy. In hospitals worldwide, non-acceptance of, or lack of access to, accessible evidence-based practices and guidelines result in overall poorer outcome of patients suffering IAIs. The aim of this document is to promote global standards of care in IAIs. It has been written by synthesizing the last draft of guidelines for the management of intra-abdominal infections by the World Society of Emergency Surgery.
It is aimed at all clinicians who face intra-abdominal infections in their clinical practice.