The epidemiology of chest and leg wound infections following cardiothoracic surgery.

@article{Lecuyer1996TheEO,
  title={The epidemiology of chest and leg wound infections following cardiothoracic surgery.},
  author={Paul L'ecuyer and Dianne M Murphy and J. Russell Little and Victoria J. Fraser},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={1996},
  volume={22 3},
  pages={424-9}
}
The occurrence of wound infections following cardiothoracic surgery has significant implications. However, the epidemiology of all chest and leg wound infections is infrequently described, and the effects on morbidity, mortality, and cost of care remain undefined. We identified 182 superficial and deep chest and leg infections in 163 patients following 1,554 coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve, and CABG/valve procedures over 30 months. The overall infection rate was 11.7%; infections of… CONTINUE READING

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