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Surgical site infections

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.003.0015
Surgical site infections

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Despite all the advances in operative techniques and a better understanding of the pathogenesis, surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to be a major source of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has been estimated that each patient with SSI stays approximately 7–10 additional days in the hospital and has 2–11 times higher risk of death, compared with operative patients without a SSI. This chapter discusses microbiology of SSI, risk factors, definitions, surveillance, surgical asepsis and the operating theatre, and measures to prevent surgical site infections.

Keywords: microbiology; risk factors; surgical sepsis; prevention

Chapter.  7676 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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