Surgical Site Infection: The Clinical and Economic Impact.


Journal Article (Review)

Surgical site infection (SSI) following colorectal surgery is associated with worse postoperative outcomes, longer length of stay, and higher rates of readmission. SSI rates have been established as a surrogate metric for the overall quality of surgical care and are intricately tied to financial incentives and the public reputation of an institution. While risk factors and prevention mechanisms for SSI are well established, the rates of SSI remain high. This article discusses the clinical and economic impact of SSI and strategies for mitigating the risk of SSI through bundled prevention practices.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Turner, MC; Migaly, J

Published Date

  • May 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 157 - 165

PubMed ID

  • 31061644

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31061644

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1531-0043

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1055/s-0038-1677002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States