Study: 9 factors associated with SSI after colon procedures

A study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology has identified factors associated with overall surgical site infection risk for patients undergoing colon procedures.

Researchers analyzed a total of 2,656 colon procedures in New York State hospitals, including 698 SSI cases.

According to the study, SSI following colon procedure was associated with:

•    Body mass index greater than 30
•    Male sex
•    American Society of Anesthesiologists physical classification score greater than three procedure duration
•    Transfusion
•    Left-side colon surgical procedures
•    Other gastroenterologic procedures
•    Irrigation
•    Hospital bed size greater than 500
•    Medical school affiliation

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