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Investigation of Mediastinitis Due to Coagulase‐Negative Staphylococci After Cardiothoracic Surgery

Maria D. Van Kerkhove , MS, Julie Parsonnet , MD, Michal Weingart , PhD, MPH and Lucy S. Tompkins , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 3 (March 2006), pp. 305-307
DOI: 10.1086/503176
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/503176
Page Count: 3
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Investigation of Mediastinitis Due to Coagulase‐Negative Staphylococci After Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Abstract

Six cases of coagulase‐negative staphylococcal mediastinitis were identified in the latter half of 1999. A new preoperative cleansing solution was suspected by hospital staff to be a factor in the outbreak. We evaluated this possible risk factor along with other known and suspected surgical site infection risk factors in this case‐control study.

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