Surgical site infection: Prevention and treatment of surgical site infection
This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at guidance.nice.org.uk/cg74
2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover.
Groups that will be covered
All patients, both adults and children, undergoing surgical incisions through the skin. This includes minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopic, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery). Incisional infections up to 30 days post initial procedure will be covered.
Groups that will not be covered
Patients undergoing a surgical procedure that does not involve a visible surgical incision, and therefore does not result in the presence of a conventional surgical wound, for example, vaginal hysterectomy, transurethral resection of the prostate and oral surgery. In addition, procedures involving intravascular catheters, shunts, endoscopy and pin sites will not be covered.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.