Minimizing The Risk Of Perioperative Infection In Patients With Wounds

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Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS

   Dr. Bell is a board certified wound specialist of the American Academy of Wound Management and a Fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists. He is the founder of the “Save a Leg, Save a Life” Foundation, a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through evidence-based methodology and community outreach.

   Dr. Suzuki is the Medical Director of the Tower Wound Care Center at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers. He is also on the medical staff of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is a Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Tokyo.

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3. Conner-Kerr T, Alston G, Stovall A, et al. The effects of low-frequency ultrasound (35 kHz) on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in vitro. Ostomy Wound Management. 2010; 56(5):32–42.
4. Fernandez R, Griffiths R. Water for wound cleansing. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2008; Jan 23(1):CD003861.

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