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Looking Beyond the Surface

How proper surface disinfection can help prevent SSIs.

David Bernard, Senior Associate Editor

Decreasing the incidence of surgical site infections is a goal for many infection prevention specialists. While such preventive efforts pay off in reduced morbidity, mortality and treatment costs, they're complicated by the fact that SSIs are difficult to track and trace in the ambulatory environment, where patients are discharged from a facility long before such infections are evident.

 
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