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Silvano Esposito

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Engy Abdellatif (UK)
Tiziana Ascione (Italy)
Matteo Bassetti (Italy)
Eric Bonnet (France)
David Lye Chien Boon (Singapore)
Emilio Bouza (Spain)
Monica Chan (Singapore)
Joshua Davis (Australia)
Giuseppe De Simone (Italy)
Ian Gould (UK)
Thomas Gottlieb (Australia)
Manjari Joshi (USA)
Gary Milkovich (USA)
Pasquale Pagliano (Italy)
Paul S Pottinger (USA)
John Segreti (USA)
Parham Sendi (Switzerland)
Anna Maria Spera (Italy)
Nevzad Ata Yalcin (Turkey)


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Aims and Objectives

The aim of the Bone and Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (SSTIs) Working Group is to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic standard procedures of bone and soft tissue infections by encouraging collaboration between the orthopaedist, surgeon and ID specialist and underlining their possible role as consultant.

Work Plan:

  • Organise educational meetings on management of bone and soft tissue infection with special concern given to the epidemiology of bacterial resistance, microbiological diagnostic procedures and use of conventional and newly available antibacterial agents.
  • Promote a “network” to collect data from those ID centres with prevalent interest in these infections to evaluate the epidemiology, aetiology and therapeutic decisions.
  • Develop practice guidelines or recommendations for a correct approach for diagnosis and treatment

Bone and joint infections have become of great concern because of the increasing number of trauma, prosthetic surgeries and invasive diagnostic procedures, especially in the elderly population, which are increasingly responsible for post-traumatic osteomyelitis, prosthetic joint infections and spondylodiskitis, respectively.

Bone infections are frequently associated with soft tissue infection and vice versa such as in diabetic foot infections, infected pressure ulcers and many other instances.

Both infections, localized at bone and joints and/or at soft tissue are becoming more difficult to treat because of the prevalence of resistance among causative pathogens, especially MRSA and MRCNS.

A closer collaboration should be established for the optimal treatment and most appropriate management of these infections between the surgeon, orthopedist and infectious diseases specialist, who can bridge the gap between the guidelines and the individual needs of the patient, thereby improving the “decision-making process”.

Projects / Publications

In progress: Hot topic on Diabetic Foot Infections, covering challenging areas and updates related to the condition
Hot Topics on Vertebral Osteomyelitis from the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Saeed K, Esposito S, Ascione T, Bassetti M, Bonnet E, Carnelutti A, Chan M, Lye DC, Cortes N, Dryden M, Fernando S, Gottlieb T, Gould I, Hijazi K, Madonia S, Pagliano P, Pottinger PS, Segreti J, Spera AM; ISAC Skin, Bone and Joint Infection Working Group.
Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2019 Jun 13 [Epub ahead of print]
An update on Staphylococcus aureus infective endocarditis from the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC)
Saeed K, Bal AM, Gould IM, David MZ, Dryden M, Giannitsioti E, Hijazi K, Meisner JA, Esposito S, Scaglione F, Tattevin P, Voss A.
Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2019 Jan;53(1):9-15.
Hot topics in necrotising skin and soft tissue infections. Int J Antimicrob Agents
Saeed K, Esposito S, Gould I, Ascione T, Bassetti M, Bonnet E, Bouza E, Chan M, Davis JS, De Simone G, Dryden M, Gottlieb T, Hijazi K, Lye DC, Pagliano P, Petridou C, Righi E, Segreti J, Unal S, Yalcin AN; International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
Int J Antimicrob Agents.  2018 Jul;52(1):1-10.
Panton-Valentine leukocidin-positive Staphylococcus aureus: a position statement from the International Society of Chemotherapy
Saeed K, Gould I, Esposito S, Ahmad-Saeed N, Ahmed SS, Alp E, Bal AM, Bassetti M, Bonnet E, Chan M, Coombs G, Dancer SJ, David MZ, De Simone G, Dryden M, Guardabassi L, Hanitsch LG, Hijazi K, Krüger R, Lee A, Leistner R, Pagliano P, Righi E, Schneider-Burrus S, Skov RL, Tattevin P, Van Wamel W, Vos MC, Voss A; International Society of Chemotherapy
Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2018 Jan;51(1):16-25
Prosthetic joints: shining lights on challenging blind spots
Saeed K, Dryden M, Bassetti M, Bonnet E, Bouza E, Chan M, Cortes N, Davis JS, Esposito S, Giordano G, Gould I, Hartwright D, Lye D, Marin M, Morgan-Jones R, Lajara-Marco F, Righi E, Romano CL, Segreti J, Unal S, Williams RL, Yalcin AN; International Society of Chemotherapy.
Int J Antimicrob Agents 2017 Feb;49(2):153-161
Hot topics in the diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections
Esposito S, Bassetti M, Bonnet E, Bouza E, Chan M, De Simone G, Dryden M, Gould I, Lye DC, Saeed K, Segreti J, Unal S, Yalcin AN; International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC).
Int J Antimicrob Agents 2016 Jul;48(1):19-26
Diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTI): a literature review and consensus statement on behalf of the Italian Society of Infectious Diseases and International Society of Chemotherapy.
Bassetti M, Borre S, Bouza E, Dryden M, Fantoni M, Gould IM, Leoncini F, Leone S, Milkovich G, Nathwani D, Segreti J, Sganga G, Unal S, Venditti M; Italian Society of Infectious Tropical Diseases; International Society of Chemotherapy
J Chemother. 2011 Oct;23(5):251-62


6-9 June 2013 Symposium for the 28th ICC in Yokohama, Japan
8-11 November 2012 Symposium at the 3rd SEEC in Dubrovnik, Croatia
3-6 November 2011 Symposium at the 2nd SEEC in Belgrade, Serbia
7 November 2010 Symposium at BSAC/ISC Australian Society of Infectious Disease, Edinburgh, Scotland


Last updated: February 7th-2020