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Prediction of and risk factors for surgical wound infection in the Saphenous vein harvesting leg in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
2006 (English)In: The thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, ISSN 0171-6425, E-ISSN 1439-1902, Vol. 54, no 5, 300-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Surgical wound infection (SWI) of the leg after saphenous vein harvesting is an important complication of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures. SWIs may restrict mobility in the postoperative period and increase costs of postoperative hospitalisation and antibiotic treatment. Methods: A total of 356 patients were followed. Surgical risk factors were evaluated for SWI following saphenous vein harvesting, and the effectiveness of an occlusive glycerinated hydrogel dressing in reducing postoperative SWIs was assessed. In addition, the ability of postoperative clinical wound assessment to predict SWI following CABG 30 and 60 days after operation was investigated. Results: The most important risk factor for SWI after saphenous vein harvesting was the use of a monofilament suture for skin closure (glycomer 4-0 Biosyn® Tyco Healthcare, Stockholm, Sweden) (p > 0.001). The hydrogel dressing did not prevent the development of SWIs. The clinical wound assessment showed that wound gap was associated with leg infection, but other signs were poor predictors of SWI. Conclusion: The choice of suture and suturing technique is important to prevent SWI following saphenous vein harvesting. More precise definitions of wound signs are necessary if they are to be used as predictors of SWI.

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2006. Vol. 54, no 5, 300-306 p.
Keyword [en]
Coronary artery bypass graft, surgical wound infection, saphenous vein harvesting, risk factor, sutures, suturing technique, wound dressing, wound evaluation scale
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Surgery Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-94923DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-924093ISI: 000239900300003PubMedID: 16902876OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-94923DiVA: diva2:168945
Available from: 2006-10-06 Created: 2006-10-06 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Wound Infection Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: Risk Factors and the Experiences of Patients
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wound Infection Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: Risk Factors and the Experiences of Patients
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The primary aim was to register the incidence of surgical wound infections (SWI) in sternotomy and leg incisions and potential risk factors for SWI following coronary artery by-pass graft (CAGB) procedures. Patients’ perspectives of SWI and the subsequent treatment were also considered.

Risk factors were registered for 374 patients. Patients were contacted by telephone 30 and 60 days after surgery and interviewed according to a questionnaire about symptoms and signs of wound infections. SWI was defined according to The Centers for Disease Control. Patients with mediastinitis were also interviewed within four months about how they experienced care, how they coped and how they thought the mediastinitis would influence their future life.

SWIs were diagnosed in 30 % of the patients. Seventy-three percent of the SWIs of the leg were diagnosed within 30 days of surgery and 27% were diagnosed within 31 to 60 days. Female gender and use of a monofilament suture for skin closure were the most important risk factors for SWI of the leg. Low preoperative haemoglobin concentration was the most important risk factor for sternal SWI. Patients with mediastinitis had higher BMI and had more often received erythrocyte transfusions on postoperative day 2 or later than those without infections. Patients without a diagnosis of diabetes who had increased blood glucose concentrations during the intermediate postoperative period had an increased risk of mediastinitis. It was not possible to separate the effect of diabetes as a risk factor for SWI from that of hyperglycaemia as such. Patients’ experiences were influenced by the staffs’ medical knowledge, how care was given and how well information was provided. Perceived danger and stress influenced how they coped with the situation. The patients believed that the mediastinitis would not affect the final outcome of the CABG procedure, even though their confidence in this was influenced by uncertainties about the rehabilitation process.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2006. 64 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 177
Keyword
Caring sciences, coronary artery bypass graft, surgical wound infection, infection control, risk factor, blood glucose, postoperative, Saphenous vein harvesting, wound evaluation scale, mediastinitis, psychology, quality of life, Vårdvetenskap
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-7168 (URN)91-554-6669-9 (ISBN)
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2006-10-27, Auditoriet, Museum Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3, 753 10 Uppsala, 13:15
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