Postsurgery Infection

Authored by: Daryl S. Paulson

Handbook of Topical Antimicrobials

Print publication date:  September  2002
Online publication date:  September  2002

Print ISBN: 9780824707880
eBook ISBN: 9780203909256
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Despite advances in surgical procedures, increased understanding of wound pathologies, widespread use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and more effective topical antimicrobial skin preps and dressings, postsurgical infection remains a source of morbidity and mortality for surgical patients [1]. It has been estimated that 2–5% of all surgical patients per year (approximately 16 million) develop a postsurgical infection. Postsurgical infections account for about 24% of all nosocomial infections, the second most common—urinary infections being the first. Postsurgical site infections prolong the hospital stay by 7.4 days on average. The total added cost, including indirect costs, may exceed $10 billion per year [2].

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