Microbiology for Surgical Infections: Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment explores current trends in etiology and antibiotic resistance of pathogens responsible for devastating and complex surgical infections. Clinicians and researchers report the most recent advances in diagnostic approaches to bacterial and non-bacterial surgical infections, including invasive fungal infections. Current guidelines for prophylaxis of community-acquired and nosocomial infections, complications in surgery, and improvement of diagnosis and treatment of these devastating surgical infections are also discussed. The work gives specific attention to intra-abdominal and wound infections, as well as infections in cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. Taken together, these explorations inform the work of specialists in different surgical arenas, as well as those working in microbiology. Microbiology for Surgical Infections provides a resource to those working to improve outcomes in this complicated arena by discussing prospects for future study and identifying targets for future research. - Provides a multi-dimensional view of myriad topics pertinent to surgical infections, including questions of etiology, pathogenesis, host-microbial interactions, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prophylaxis - Delivers cutting-edge commentary from eminent surgeons, microbiologists, and infectious disease specialists, with global contributions from both the developed and developing worlds - Presents comprehensive research informed by the most recent technological and scientific advances in the field Table of Contents Section A: Infection control measures for the prevention of surgical infections 1. Infection control measures for the prevention of surgical site infections 2. Microbiological assessment before surgical intervention 3. Bacterial adherence to biomaterials used in surgical procedures Section B: Intra-abdominal infections 4. Multidrug-resistant bacteria in pancreatic surgery 5. Anastomotic leakage after colonic and rectal surgery: operative and conservative management 6. Acute appendicitis: an open issue. Current trends in diagnostic and therapeutic options 7. Assessment of severity state and prognosis in surgical patients with secondary peritonitis 8. Pathogenesis and management of dialysis access infections 9. Microbiological diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy in acute pancreatitis Section C: Cardiovascular infections 10. Infective endocarditis Section D: Skin and soft tissue infections 11. Natural remedies for the treatment of wounds and wound infection 12. Bioactive molecules of herbal extracts with anti-infective and wound healing properties 13. Role of honey and propolis in the treatment of infected wounds 14. Necrotizing soft tissue infections 15. Significance of surgical intervention in the management of diabetic foot infections Section E: Spinal infections 16. Spinal epidural abscesses Section F: Surgical infections of non-bacterial origin 17. State of the art in the laboratory methods for the diagnosis of invasive fungal diseases Dr Kateryna Kon: MD, PhD, currently works at the Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology of Kharkiv National Medical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine at Associate Professor position. Dr Kon received best young scientist of Kharkiv award in 2007. She has nearly six years of teaching and eight years of research experience. She is the member of editorial board of five international journals. Her scientific output includes more than 70 published papers, 5 books and 17 scientific articles. The main focus of Dr Kon's research is antibiotic resistance in bacteria causing surgical and gynecological infections, antibacterial properties of essential oils and nanoparticles. Dr Mahendra Rai: Professor and Head of the Department of Biotechnology at Amravati University in Maharashtra, India. He has published 210 research papers, more than 100 popular articles in Indian and foreign journals and 30 books from reputed publishers like Elsevier, Springer, CRC, Taylor and Francis and Scientific Publisher. He is a member of several scientific societies and has been a national Scholar for five years. He has received several prestigious awards, including the father T.A. Mathias award (1989) from the All India Association for Christian Higher Education, and the Medini award (1999) from the Department of Environment and Forest, Government of India. He also received SERC visiting fellowship by Department of Science and Technology (1996), INSA visiting fellowship by Indian National Science Academy (1998) and TWAS-UNESCO Associateship (2002), Italy. Dr. Rai serves as a referee for 20 international journals and is a member of editorial board of ten national and international journals. He has approximately three decades of teaching and research experience. The main focus of his research is plant and nanobased bioactives against human pathogenic microbes.