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Inpatient and post-discharge wound infections in general surgery.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Publication Date
Volume
77
Issue
4
Pages
245–247
Identifiers
PMID: 7574312
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The wound infection incidence during inpatient stay was compared with the post-discharge infection incidence for 1 month using audit data and a patient questionnaire. The true infection rate was found to be 20% compared with an apparent rate of 2.4% (P < 0.001). The study highlights the problems of postoperative monitoring in the context of shorter inpatient stays and fewer routine outpatient appointments.

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