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Minerva Chirurgica 1999 May;54(5):319-24

language: Italian

Surgical wound infection. Revision of guide-lines and report of a prevalence study on surgical wound infections in the Voghera Hospital

Cestari V., Boidi M., Cecchelli S., Crimi P.


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Background. A prevalence study regarding hospital acquired infections and particularly surgical wound infections was performed from 17-4-1995 to 17-7-1995 in the Voghera hospital, a large one in Northerm Italy.
Methods. The records of all subjects who have operated since at least 24 hours have been checked and the surgical wounds have been classified according to the guidelines of CDC (Atlanta).
Results. The prevalence rate of surgical wound infections was 13.73% of operated patients, confirming the seriousness of the problem of nosocomial infections surveillance. Pseudomo-mas aeruginosa (31.27%) and Staphylococcus aureus (21.92%) were the most frequently isolated organisms.
Conclusions. Finally, behaviour guideline have been reproposed to try to reduce surgical wound infections for a best Quality of care in the light of a Regional credit.

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