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OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of a programme of postoperative community surveillance on the rate of detection of wound complications after operation for inguinal hernia. DESIGN Prospective audit of wound complications including complications recorded in case notes and those discovered by community surveillance. SETTING Academic surgical unit of three(More)
In a randomized controlled study of 411 patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery, the efficacy and safety of two different regimens of imipenem were compared with those of a control regimen of cefuroxime plus metronidazole. Surgical infections occurred in 92 (26.4 per cent) of 349 evaluable patients. There were no major differences between the three(More)
In an ongoing prospective study of clean surgical procedures, patients have been examined by specialist research nurses on a minimum of three occasions during the postoperative period to determine the incidence of wound complications. Whereas a previous retrospective audit suggested a wound infection rate of 2%, this community surveillance programme(More)
Antimicrobial prophylaxis is not traditionally employed for patients undergoing 'clean' surgery. The true rates of septic complications are grossly under reported for this group of patients, with up to 72% of all complications occurring, undetected by the surgical team, after discharge from hospital. The implied costs of these infections, coupled with the(More)
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