Prevention of postoperative surgical site infections.

  title={Prevention of postoperative surgical site infections.},
  author={Ursula A Galway and Brian M. Parker and Raymond G Borkowski},
  journal={International anesthesiology clinics},
  volume={47 4},
Before Joseph Lister introduced the principles of antisepsis in the late 1860s, postoperative wound infections were a major cause of sepsis and death. However, despite antiseptic techniques, surgical site infections (SSI) remain problematic. Currently SSIs are the third most frequently reported nosocomial infection and account for 14% to 16% of those documented in hospitalized patients. Among surgical patients, SSIs are the most common nosocomial infection, with 77% of patient deaths reported… CONTINUE READING


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