Surveillance as a starting point to reduce surgical-site infection rates in elective orthopaedic surgery.

@article{Schneeberger2002SurveillanceAA,
  title={Surveillance as a starting point to reduce surgical-site infection rates in elective orthopaedic surgery.},
  author={Peter Martin Schneeberger and M. H. Smits and Reiner Zick and Jan C. Wille},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  year={2002},
  volume={51 3},
  pages={179-84}
}
A surveillance programme was started after a period of high infection rates in an orthopaedic surgical department. The programme was aimed at reducing infection rates in elective hip and knee replacement procedures, and at creating awareness of infection control practices in an acute hospital. Possible causes of the initial high infection rates were analysed and discussed with healthcare workers involved in orthopaedic surgery. No specific cause could be found but substantial logistic… CONTINUE READING

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