Surveillance of surgical wound infections following open heart surgery.

  title={Surveillance of surgical wound infections following open heart surgery.},
  author={Judith Sellick and Michael Stelmach and Joseph M. Mylotte},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  volume={12 10},
OBJECTIVE To define accurate wound infection rates for the cardiac surgery service based on site of infection and characterization as "deep" or "incisional" and to determine whether a correctable cause for an apparent increase in deep wound infection rates existed. DESIGN Observational. SETTING Tertiary-care teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS All adults undergoing open heart surgery in 1988 and 1989. INTERVENTIONS Changed from razor to clipper preoperative hair removal in January 1989… CONTINUE READING