Preoperative delay of more than 1 hour increases the risk of surgical site infection.

@article{Radcliff2013PreoperativeDO,
  title={Preoperative delay of more than 1 hour increases the risk of surgical site infection.},
  author={Kristen E. Radcliff and Mohammad R. Rasouli and Alex Neusner and Christopher K. Kepler and Todd J. Albert and Jeffrey A. Rihn and Alan S. Hilibrand and Alexander R. Vaccaro},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2013},
  volume={38 15},
  pages={1318-23}
}
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective institutional database review. OBJECTIVE To determine whether preoperative in-room time is a risk factor for surgical site infection (SSI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Prior to spine surgery, while the patient is in the operating room, several procedures may be performed that may delay surgery. During this time, the sterile field may be exposed and may become contaminated. The hypothesis of this study was that the length of time in the operative room prior to… CONTINUE READING
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