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JAMA Revisited
February 23, 2016

Postoperative Sepsis

JAMA. 2016;315(8):824. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17075

Interest in the medical literature and lay press concerning infections contracted in hospitals has attained major proportions. The lay press has produced a distorted echo of the medical reports, and these noisy repercussions have left the public with the unwarranted impression that hospital wards today are increasingly congested with patients suffering septic complications caused by inadequate techniques and inappropriate use of antibiotics. Case reports and investigations tracking down postoperative sepsis appear in an endless series and commonly read like a miniature detective story, in which the bacteriologist, in the role of a clinical Sherlock Holmes with culture tube and notebook in hand, hunts for the break in hospital technique.

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