Recent experience with major sternal wound complications.

  title={Recent experience with major sternal wound complications.},
  author={Todd L. Demmy and Sung Bin Park and G A Liebler and John A. Burkholder and Thomas D. Maher and Daniel H Benckart and George J. Magovern},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={49 3},
During a recent 1-year period, 31 patients sustained a major sternal wound infection and sternal dehiscence developed in 6 patients. Multiple potential risk factors were tabulated in these patients and in a control group selected from 1,521 patients undergoing sternotomy during the same time period. The overall infection rate was 2.1%, and the mortality rate in the patients with sternal infection or dehiscence was 16.2%. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, prolonged intensive care unit stay… CONTINUE READING