Consensus on the Role of Antibiotic Use in SSI following Spinal Surgery

Christopher K. Kepler, Srikanth N. Divi, Glenn S. Russo, Anand H. Segar, Barrett S. Boody, Wesley H. Bronson, Daniel A. Tarazona, Elizabeth Cifuentes, Ali Asma, Matthew S. Galetta*, Dhruv K.C. Goyal, Taolin Fang, Gregory D. Schroeder, Alexander R. Vaccaro

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In July of 2018, the Second International Consensus Meeting (ICM) on Musculoskeletal Infection convened in Philadelphia, PA was held to discuss issues regarding infection in orthopedic patients and to provide consensus recommendations on these issues to practicing orthopedic surgeons. During this meeting, attending delegates divided into subspecialty groups to discuss topics specifics to their respective fields, which included the spine. At the spine subspecialty group meeting, delegates discussed and voted upon the recommendations for 63 questions regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infection in spinal surgery. Of the 63 questions, 17 focused on the use of antibiotics in spine surgery, for which this article provides the recommendations, voting results, and rationales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E116-E126
JournalClinical spine surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • Antibiotics
  • Infection
  • International consensus meeting
  • SSI
  • SSI management
  • Spine surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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