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Incidence of postoperative infection in a free-standing ambulatory surgery center.

Authors
  • Hugar, D W
  • Newman, P S
  • Hugar, R W
  • Spencer, R B
  • Salvino, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of foot surgery
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1990
Volume
29
Issue
3
Pages
265–267
Identifiers
PMID: 2380498
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 1-year study was undertaken at the Hugar Surgery Center, a freestanding ambulatory surgery center, to determine the infection rate for outpatient podiatric surgery. One hundred and forty-eight patients underwent foot surgery that included digital, soft tissue, metatarsal, simple bunionectomies, complex hallux abducto valgus correction with osteotomy and internal fixation, first metatarsophalangeal joint implant arthroplasty, midfoot, and rearfoot procedures. An infection rate of 1.35% was identified. The study indicates all types of podiatric surgery may be performed at ambulatory surgery centers without increased risk of postoperative infection. Infection rate of 1.35% is quite acceptable for clean foot surgery and compares rather favorably with hospital infection rates.

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