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Infection rate after some surgery types in England is triple that in US

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1104
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The percentage of surgical procedures in which an infection occurs at the site of operation exceeded 10% for some procedures in hospitals in England, according to new research (Journal of Hospital Infection 2005:60;93-103).

    The research, which was based on data from 140 hospitals, found that the percentage was much higher than that reported in the United States for some procedures. It also showed that the length of stay of patients in hospital, costs, and mortality associated with surgical site infections varied widely with different procedures.

    The authors used surveillance data provided between 1997 and 2001 as part of the Nosocomial Infection National Surveillance …

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