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Surgical site infections in cardiac surgery - "Vision Zero"
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
2010 (English)In: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, ISSN 1731-5530, Vol. 7, no 4, 383-387 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The reported incidence of postoperative surgical site infections (SSI) of surgical wounds after cardiothoracic surgery ranges between 0,5% to as high as almost 30% and postsurgical mediastinitis varies between 1% and 5%. These, together with postoperative low output syndrome and stroke are most serious complications after heart surgery. Surgical site infections increase morbidity and mortality rates, prolongs length of hospital stay and increases cost of health care. Although great progress has been made in medical sciences and technology the situation regarding SSI has not changed to better. Just opposite, some new problems associated with infections are threatening our patients. A new approach aiming at reduction of SSI is necessary. The current circumstances constituting positives and negatives of possibility to develop sustainable strategy of SSI reduction are presented in the paper.

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2010. Vol. 7, no 4, 383-387 p.
Keyword [en]
cardiac surgery, surgical site infection, prevention
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149589ISI: 000287838500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149589DiVA: diva2:405126
Available from: 2011-03-21 Created: 2011-03-21 Last updated: 2011-03-21Bibliographically approved

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