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Surgical site infection surveillance following ambulatory surgery

  • Author(s): Rhee, C
  • Huang, SS
  • Berríos-Torres, SI
  • Kaganov, R
  • Bruce, C
  • Lankiewicz, J
  • Platt, R
  • Yokoe, DS
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • et al.

© 2014 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved. We assessed 4045 ambulatory surgery patients for surgical site infection (SSI) using claims-based triggers for medical chart review. Of 98 patients flagged by codes suggestive of SSI, 35 had confirmed SSIs. SSI rates ranged from 0 to 3.2% for common procedures. Claims may be useful for SSI surveillance following ambulatory surgery.

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