Understanding the Impact of SSIs
Just one infection can cost tens of thousands and change lives.
Helen Hwang, Contributing Editor
When Joe Corcoran, MD, performed a procedure, he was meticulous in taking precautions to prevent infections both in and out of the OR. He wouldn't even wear his surgical scrubs outside the sterile core. As chair of the OB/GYN department in a Florida hospital and father of two young children, he knew how important it was for his patients - women with new babies - to be able to go home and enjoy the first few days of their newborns' lives. He kept up to date on SSI literature and ensured prophylactic steps were taken in his ORs.
When he could still practice, that is.
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