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Sartelli M, Kluger Y, Ansaloni L, Coccolini F, Baiocchi GL, Hardcastle TC, Moore EE, May AK, Itani KMF, Fry DE, Boermeester MA, Guirao X, Napolitano L, Sawyer RG, Rasa K, Abu-Zidan FM, Adesunkanmi AK, Atanasov B, Augustin G, Bala M, Cainzos MA, Chichom-Mefire A, Cortese F, Damaskos D, Delibegovic S, Demetrashvili Z, De Simone B, Duane TM, Ghnnam W, Gkiokas G, Gomes CA, Hecker A, Karamarkovic A, Kenig J, Khokha V, Kong V, Isik A, Leppäniemi A, Litvin A, Lostoridis E, Machain GM, Marwah S, McFarlane M, Mesina C, Negoi I, Olaoye I, Pintar T, Pupelis G, Rems M, Rubio-Perez I, Sakakushev B, Segovia-Lohse H, Siribumrungwong B, Talving P, Ulrych J, Vereczkei AG, Labricciosa FM, Catena F. Knowledge, awareness, and attitude towards infection prevention and management among surgeons: identifying the surgeon champion. World journal of emergency surgery : WJES. 2018 Aug 17; 13:37.
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Abstract: Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of best practices of infection prevention and management, many surgeons worldwide fail to implement them. Evidence-based practices tend to be underused in routine practice. Surgeons with knowledge in surgical infections should provide feedback to prescribers and integrate best practices among surgeons and implement changes within their team. Identifying a local opinion leader to serve as a champion within the surgical department may be important. The "surgeon champion" can integrate best clinical practices of infection prevention and management, drive behavior change in their colleagues, and interact with both infection control teams in promoting antimicrobial stewardship.