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July 13, 1964

Modern Postoperative Environment Seems to Reduce Infection Dangers After Stomach or Colon Surgery

JAMA. 1964;189(2):29. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070020119055

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A 50% decrease in postoperative infections in stomach and colon patients has been directly attributed to a modern surgical environment.

John Sonneland, MD, Spokane, Wash, reported to AMA Convention delegates on a study contrasting the infection rate for a two-year period in the old operating rooms of Deaconess Hospital with rates experienced following the opening of the new surgical suite in September, 1961.

Sonneland also found correlations between the septic rate and the postoperative inactivity of patients.

Among gastric patients undergoing surgery in the old operating room, the sepsis rate was 12%; in the following two-year period, 98 patients underwent similar surgery in the new surgical suite with a 6% rate.

Concerning 77 patients who underwent surgery of the colon in the old facilities, the infection rate was 27%. In the new surgical suite, the septic rate for 90 patients who underwent similar surgery was 14%.


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