Risk factors for surgical site infections following spinal fusion procedures: a case-control study.

@article{Rao2011RiskFF,
  title={Risk factors for surgical site infections following spinal fusion procedures: a case-control study.},
  author={Shilpa B Rao and Gustavo V{\'a}squez and James Shields Harrop and Mitchell Gil Maltenfort and Natalie Stein and George Kaliyadan and Frank Klibert and Richard H. Epstein and Ashwini Sharan and Alexander R. Vaccaro and Phyllis R Flomenberg},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={53 7},
  pages={686-92}
}
BACKGROUND Spinal fusion procedures are associated with a significant rate of surgical site infection (SSI) (1%-12%). The goal of this study was to identify modifiable risk factors for spinal fusion SSIs at a large tertiary care center. METHODS A retrospective, case-control (1:3 ratio) analysis of SSIs following posterior spine fusion procedures was performed over a 1-year period. Clinical and surgical data were collected through electronic database and chart review. Variables were evaluated… CONTINUE READING
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