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Harnessing claims to improve detection of surgical site infections following hysterectomy and colorectal surgery

  • Author(s): Letourneau, AR
  • Calderwood, MS
  • Huang, SS
  • Bratzler, DW
  • Ma, A
  • Yokoe, DS
  • et al.

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Surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance is performed using a variety of methods with unclear performance characteristics. We used claims data to identify records for review following hysterectomy and colorectal surgery. Claims-enhanced screening identified SSIs missed by routine surveillance and could be used for targeted chart review to improve SSI detection. © 2013 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved.

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