A prospective analysis of the association between indwelling surgical drains and surgical site infection in plastic surgery.

@article{Reiffel2013APA,
  title={A prospective analysis of the association between indwelling surgical drains and surgical site infection in plastic surgery.},
  author={Alyssa J. Reiffel and Lindsay A. Pharmer and Andrew L. Weinstein and Jason A. Spector},
  journal={Annals of plastic surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={71 5},
  pages={561-5}
}
INTRODUCTION Many surgeons fear that closed-suction drains serve as a portal for bacterial entry into surgical spaces. Despite a lack of supporting evidence, postoperative antibiotics are often prolonged while drains remain in place. METHODS Medical records of all patients who underwent intraoperative Jackson-Pratt drain placement and sterile removal over a 12-month period were prospectively analyzed. RESULTS Fifty-four patients with 101 drains were included. Drains were in place for 5 to… CONTINUE READING
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