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II. Prevention of Infections |

Prevention of Surgical Wound Infection

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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Hiram C. Polk, Jr., M.D.; Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine; P.O. Box 35260; Louisville, KY 40232.

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© 1978 American College of Physicians.American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(5_Part_2):770-773. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-5-770
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Operative wound infection is examined through classifications based on estimation of frequency, severity, and sources of infection. These classifications help in identifying preventive and corrective measures. All surgeons are concerned with postoperative infection because it can convert a superior technical result into a disaster. The analysis of postoperative infection is complicated by the complex and constantly changing relations among host, challenging microbe, and the existing antimicrobial measures. The effect of physical, pharmacologic, and biological variables is estimated with emphasis on measures that promise further control of infection in the surgical patient. Proposals are offered for further efforts in controlling this hazard.





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