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Prospective Surveillance Effectively Reduced Rates of Surgical Site Infection Associated With Elective Colorectal Surgery at a University Hospital in Japan

Tsuyoshi Konishi , MD, Toshiaki Watanabe , MD, PhD, Keita Morikane , MD, PhD, Kazuhiko Fukatsu , MD, PhD, Joji Kitayama , MD, PhD, Naoyuki Umetani , MD, PhD, Junji Kishimoto , MA and Hirokazu Nagawa , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 5 (May 2006), pp. 526-528
DOI: 10.1086/504444
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/504444
Page Count: 3
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Abstract

At a university hospital in Japan, the introduction of prospective surveillance and subsequent interventions was effective in reducing the rate of surgical site infection associated with elective colorectal surgery from 27.5% to 17.8% of surgeries. Japan should both recognize the importance of broader surveillance for surgical site infection and establish its own nationwide surveillance database.

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