European Surveillance of infections and their risk factors in trauma patients (ESIT)

"Trauma infection network"

A Project of the European Society of Biomodulation and Chemotherapy


Trauma infection network

The primary objectives are:

  1. To establish an interdisciplinary study group "Infections in Traumatology"
  2. To implement a surveillance system for trauma patients with a standardized documentation programme (data set) in at least 10 centers of traumatic and orthopedic surgery in order to generate representative data of good quality on
  1. Incidence and types of infectious complications in trauma patients, especially bone and joint infections,
  2. Microbiology and resistance patterns of causative microorgansims,
  3. Prophylaxis and treatment of infections with antibiotics and other antiinfective agents.
  1. Conduct of multicenter clinical studies in order to optimize therapy of acute and chronic osteomyelitis as well as prostetic device infections.
  2. Prepare and publish guidelines for prevention and treatment of infections in trauma patients.

Surveillance programme


  1. To assess the incidence of infections depending on trauma topography, severity of trauma (e.g. fractures and soft tissue) as well as on the type of prosthetic device.
  2. Identification of factors in trauma management which possibly influence the development of infection (e.g. time period of primary diagnostics and primary care, points of time of emergency and delayed elective surgery).
  3. Analysis of treatment policies and efficacy of antibiotics in perioperative prophylaxis and treatment of infections.
  4. To prepare resistance profiles of causative pathogens being the basis for specific antibiotic therapy.
  5. Conduct of clinical studies based on qualitiative representative data from large homogeneous patient groups mit identical trauma type and topography.

ESBiC Datacenter Munich, 1999