An evidence-based approach to soft tissue infections

Skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) encompass a variety of pathological conditions that involve the skin and underlying subcutaneous tissue, fascia, or muscle, ranging from simple superficial infections to severe necrotizing infections. SSTIs may affect any part of the body and are a frequent clinical problem in surgical departments. Successful management of patients with severe SSTIs involves prompt recognition, appropriate antibiotic therapy, timely surgical debridement or drainage, and resuscitation when required. The aim of this document is to promote global standards of care in soft tissue infections. It has been written by synthesizing a consensus conference for the management of soft tissue infections by the World Society of Emergency Surgery.
It is aimed at all clinicians who face soft tissue infections in their clinical practice.