31st European Annual

Congress on Surgical Infections

7th – 9th June 2018, Athens, Greece

31st European Annual

Congress on Surgical Infections

7th - 9th June 2018, Athens, Greece


This programme is subject to change

Thursday 7th June 2018
12:00-16:00  Council Meeting
16:00 –19:00  SIS-E Olympics case report contest

Chair: Ines Rubio-Perez (Madrid, Spain),  Marjolein Blussé van Oudalblas (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

16:00-16:15 Welcome and presentation.

Members of the SIS-E Educational Committee and Council.

16:15-17:15 Cases 1-3 & Discussion
17:15-17:30 Coffee break
17:30- 18:30 Cases 4-6 & Discussion
18:30-18:45 Evaluation survey (feedback) &

closing remarks

18:45-19:00 Selection of the best 2 cases.

Award ceremony.

20:00 Networking Event & Drinks
Join us for informal pre-congress drinks to meet colleagues and start networking! All delegates and accompanying persons are welcome to this free event, but places are limited, please indicate on your registration form if you would like to attend.Rooftop Garden of the venue, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Friday 8th June 2018
08:00 -18:00 Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Congress Welcome

  • Marja Boermeester, President of the SIS-E
  • Ioannis Koutelidakis,President of the Hellenic Surgical Infection Society

  • Iordanis Papadopoulos, Congress President, SIS-E 2018 Athens
09:00 – 10:30 Free paper session I: HBP & abdominal wall

Chair: Kema Rasa (Turkey), Athanasios Marinis, (Piraeus, Greece)

1. Early surgery versus step-up practice for chronic pancreatitis: a multicenter randomized controlled trial (Y. Issa,/M.A. Kempeneers)
2. Antibiotic use following spillage of bile and gallstones in laparoscopic cholecystectomy (AH van Dijk)
3. Evaluating eosinopenia and Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio as outcome markers in patients undergoing cholecystostomy for acute cholecystitis classified by 2018 Tokyo Guidelines (B Peinado)
4. Efficacy of total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation on morphine and insulin requirement in chronic pancreatitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis (M.A. Kempeneers)
5. A systematic review of the pressure-induced vasodilation phenomenon and its role in the pathophysiology of ulcers (P.R Zwanenburg)
6. Incisional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for prevention of postoperative wound complications – A systematic review and meta-analysis (P.R Zwanenburg,)
7. Comparison between biologic mesh and current management of the open abdomen in non-trauma emergency patients (J.J.M Claessen)
8. Long-term outcomes after contaminated complex abdominal wall reconstruction (J.J.M Claessen)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Round I
11:00 – 12:30 Symposium I: Update on antimicrobial resistance

Chair: George L. Daikos (Athens, Greece), Konstantine Vagianos (Athens, Greece)

1. Resistant bacteria: who’s who? Basics a surgeon should know

Spyridon Pournaras (Athens, Greece)

2. Clinical & epidemiological impact of resistance in surgical patients

Joe Solomkin (OASIS,USA)

3. Strategies against resistance & stewardship

Jan De Waele (Ghent, Belgium)

12:30 – 13:00 Young Investigator Lecture: Improving diagnostic accuracy in vascular prosthetic graft infections

Chair: Sarah Gans (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Presenter: Ben Saleem (Groningen, Netherlands)

13:00 – 13:30 Semmelweis lecture

Chair: Marja Boermeester, SIS-E President (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Surgical infection and oncological outcomes in cancer surgery

Presenter: Prof. Malin Sund (Umea, Sweden)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch & Sponsor Exhibition
14:30 – 16:00 Free Paper Session II: Colorectal & appendix

Chair: Francesco DiMarzo (Forte dei marmi, Italy), Georgios Konstantoudakis (Athens, Greece)

1. Interobserver variability in the classification of appendicitis during laparoscopy. (A.L. van den Boom)
2. Is eosinophil count a useful marker in acute appendicitis and can it predict pathological findings? (L Asensio)
3. Timing for appendectomy; is longer time to surgery associated with more complications in patients with complicated appendicitis? (W.J Bom)
4. Natural course of small pericolic or mesocolic diverticular abscesses compared to uncomplicated acute diverticulitis. (ST Van Dijk)
5. A systematic review of colonoscopy after an episode of left-sided acute diverticulitis. (S.J Rottier)
6. WSES sepsis severity score for patients with peritonitis: is it applicable and useful for residents in the Emergency Department? (L Asensio)
7. Individual patient data meta-analysis of observational versus antibiotic treatment of uncomplicated acute diverticulitis. (ST Van Dijk)
8. Preventative measures for surgical site infection in elective colorectal surgery. A survey among Spanish colorectal surgeons (N Arroyo)

16:00 – 17:00 A closer look at practice-changing Trials in Surgical Infections

Chair: Ines Rubio-Perez (Madrid, Spain),  George Polymeneas (Athens, Greece)

Stijn de Jonge and Sarah Gans, (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Young SIS-E and SIS-E council

  • LADIES Trial
  • DIRECT Trial
  • STITCH Trial
17:00 – 17:30 Refreshment Break & Poster Round II
17:30 – 18:30 17:30 – 18:30 Symposium II: New Developments and spotlight topics in Surgical Infections (sponsored lectures)

Chair: Helen Giamarellou (Athens, Greece), George N Zografos (Athens, Greece)

17:30-18:00 Complex abdominal wall reconstructions: planning and mesh choice

(Bard sponsored)

Prof. Marja Boermeester (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

18:00-18:30 Ceftaroline in complicated skin and soft tissue infections (Pfizer sponsored)

Chair: Ioannis Koutelidakis (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Presenter: Helen Giamarellou (Athens, Greece)

18:30-19:00 Keynote Lecture: The Role of Infections in Readmission following Major Surgery

Donald Fry (SIS-NA, Surgical Infections Journal Editor, USA)

21:00 Cocktail Party
Saturday 9th June 2018
08:30 – 18:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00 Symposium III: The abdomen & infection

Chair: Gregory Kouraklis (Athens, Greece), Iakovos Nomikos, (Piraeus, Greece)

Relaparotomy in emergency surgery: planned or on-demand?

Marja Boermeester (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Iordanis Papadopoulos (Athens, Greece)

10:00 – 11:30 Free Paper Session III: Infection prevention & surgical site infection

Chair: George Giokas (Athens, Greece), Konstaninos Tepetes (University of Thessaly, Greece )

1. Effectiveness of a nationwide bundle approach to reduce surgical site infection. An observational cohort study in the Netherlands (TAPAS study). (S de Jonge)
2. A survey to identify the breach between evidence and practice in the prevention of surgical infection among Spanish surgeons. (JM Badia)
3. Demonstrating success in reducing adult cardiac surgical site infections and the economic impact of using multidisciplinary collaboration (L Chiwera)
4. Prosthetic infection of Sacral Nerve Stimulation devices leading to explant: can it be prevented? (I Rubio-Perez)
5. Fighting the Resistance: Time to Rethink the Staphylococcus aureus Battle (RG Sawyer)
6. Postoperative continuation of antibiotic prophylaxis and incidence of surgical site infection. A systematic review and meta-analysis. (S.W de Jonge/QJ Boldingh)
7. Reduction of Surgical Site Infections in elective colorectal surgery after the first year of implementation of a bundle of care (JM Badia)
8. Surgical Site Infection in Elective Colon & Rectal Resections: Effect of Oral Antibiotics (A Ghuman)

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment Break & Poster Round III
12:00 – 13:00 Symposium IV. ‘Global Surgical Infections’

Joint Symposium with WSES, SIS-NA
Chair: Joe Solomkin (OASIS, USA)

Key concepts in management of the open abdomen for infection source control

Massimo Sartelli (WSES Representative, Italy)

New published guidelines on prevention of ACS/SSI surgical site infection guidelines

Kamal Itany (SIS-NA President, USA) 

13:00- 13:30 Antifungal therapy for the surgical ward patients.

Chair: Stefanos Geroulanos (Athens, Greece), Christos Katsios, (Ioannina, Greece)

Anastasia Antoniadou (Athens, Greece)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch & Sponsor Exhibition
14:30- 15:15 Meet the Editor: tips and tricks to publish your paper on Surgical Infections

Prof. Malin Sund (Umea, Sweden), Editor of BJS

15:15 – 16:00


Pro/Con Debate: Mechanical bowel prep to reduce SSI for colorectal surgery?

Chair: Marja Boermeester (AMC Amsterdam, Netherlands), Vasileios Komborozos (Athens, Greece)

YES. Kamal Itany (SIS-NA, USA)

NO. Joe Solomkin (OASIS, USA)

16:00-16:20 Presentation of the Young SIS-E Initiative and SIS-E collaborative study

Ines Rubio-Perez (Madrid, Spain) Stijn de Jonge and Sarah Gans, (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

16:20 – 16:30 SIS Asia-Pacific & Japanese Surgical Infection Society report

Yuichi Yoshida (Japan)

16:30 – 17:00 Refreshment Break & Poster Round IV
17:00 – 18:45 Complex corner’ Educational clinical scenarios in Surgical Infections Interactive session with expert panel

Chair: Joerg Schroeder (Cologne, Germany), Dionysios Voros (Athens, Greece)

  • Surgical decisions following radiology findings in acute abdominal infectionsNikolaos Economopoulos (Athens, Greece)
  • How to manage necrotizing fasciitis?Nikolaos Danias (Athens, Greece)
  • How to manage intestinal fistulas and complex abdomenMarja Boermeester (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • How to manage complex woundsIbby Younis (London, UK)
18:45 – 19:45 Use of installation VAC VeraflowTM in complex and infected wounds

(Acelity sponsored)

Mr. Ibby Younis (London, UK)

19:45 – 20:45 SIS-E Members Business Meeting
Society updates and election of new members
All member delegates welcome