Postoperative infection treatment score for the spine (PITSS): construction and validation of a predictive model to define need for single versus multiple irrigation and debridement for spinal surgical site infection.

@article{Dipaola2012PostoperativeIT,
  title={Postoperative infection treatment score for the spine (PITSS): construction and validation of a predictive model to define need for single versus multiple irrigation and debridement for spinal surgical site infection.},
  author={Christian P Dipaola and Davor D Saravanja and Luca Boriani and Hong-bin Zhang and Michael C. Boyd and Brian K Kwon and Scott Paquette and Marcel F. Dvorak and Charles G Fisher and John T. Street},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  year={2012},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={218-30}
}
BACKGROUND CONTEXT There is very little evidence to guide treatment of patients with spinal surgical site infection (SSI) who require irrigation and debridement (I&D) in deciding need for single or multiple I&Ds or more complex wound management such as vacuum-assisted closure dressing or soft-tissue flaps. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to build a predictive model that stratifies patients with spinal SSI, allowing us to determine which patients will need single versus multiple I&D. The… CONTINUE READING

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