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  • May 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 5
    This photo shows a surgical site infection (SSI). There are a few critical factors to consider when discussing SSIs and they include patient factors, pathogen factors, surgeon factors and environmental factors.
    Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM, and Robert M. Greenhagen, BS
    11,191 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Postoperative infection following elective, clean foot and ankle surgery is relatively uncommon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the surgical site infection (SSI) rate to be 2.1 percent for clean, uncontaminated surgery.1 However, when postoperative infection does occur, it may affect functional outcomes and the patient’s quality of life. The incidence of infection varies from one surgical procedure to another and from patient to patient.2 Infection rates increase in complicated reconstructive surgery, types of diabetic f... continue reading