Sternal surgical site infection prevention - is there any room for improvement?

  title={Sternal surgical site infection prevention - is there any room for improvement?},
  author={Andreas Beckmann and Klaus Doebler and Elke Schaefer and J. Randall Koetting and Petra Gastmeier and Karolin Graf},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  volume={40 2},
OBJECTIVE The objectives of this multicenter study are to evaluate current clinical practices in cardiac surgery concerning the prevention and management of sternal wound infections, to identify room for improvement, and to support implementation of systematic measures. METHODS As a part of a campaign for infection prevention in cardiac surgery in Germany, a multiple-choice questionnaire with two main sections was developed and submitted to all cardiac surgery units in Germany (79). The… CONTINUE READING
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