Superficial and deep post-sternotomy infections after cardiac surgery remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality, described in the literature with an incidence of up to 15%. The normal skin flora is a complex ecosystem formed by the normal microflora of 1014 microbes and 1013 mammalian cells. The intact skin is resistant again microbial invasion due to relative dryness, cell-mediated immunity and antibody production.
Citation: Dohmen PM (2013) Economic Burden of Surgical Site Infections in Cardiac Surgery. J Med Microb Diagn 2: e120.