Author(s): Segers P, de Jong AP, Kloek JJ, Spanjaard L, de Mol BA
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Abstract The purpose of this prospective study was to investigate whether a risk control programme based on risk assessment, new treatment modalities and the presence of a surveillance programme reduces the incidence of surgical site infections (SSI). Between January 2001 and December 2003, 167 patients were treated for a total of 183 SSIs. Data were collected on pre-operative risk factors, intra-operative data and postoperative recovery, including complications, infecting organisms, SSI treatment techniques and length of hospital stay. In this series, the total incidence of SSI was 5.6\%. The mean age of affected patients was 65.1 years with a range of 20-87 years. Mean intensive care and hospital stay for SSI was 3.6 days and 18.8 days, respectively. Total mortality was 4.8\%. Many risk factors were encountered, some of which were associated with a high morbidity. The majority of SSIs were treated by topical negative pressure therapy (N=81), which gave few side-effects and good clinical results. After starting the surveillance programme, a steady decline in prevalence was observed from 8.9\% to 3.9\%. This series adds to the evidence that SSI after cardiothoracic surgery is a major but mainly preventable cause of morbidity and mortality. Risk factor assessment, application of novel treatment modalities and an adequate surveillance system all increased patient safety.
This article was published in J Hosp Infect
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy