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Silvano Esposito

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All Members

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)
Matthew Dryden (UK)
Ian Gould (UK)
Thomas Gottlieb (Australia)
Gary Milkovich (USA)
Pasquale Pagliano (Italy)
Paul S Pottinger (USA)
John Segreti (USA)
Nevzad Ata Yalcin (Turkey)


How to Join

Members of an ISAC Member Society are eligible to join any of our Working Groups. If you are a member and would like to join this group, please contact the Chairperson and Secretary (if applicable).

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”.



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


Projects / Publications

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. Esposito S, 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. 


Last updated: November 16th-2018