An estimated 158 000 surgical site infections (SSIs) occur in the Unites States annually, at a cost of $3.45 billion to $10.07 billion.1,2 Investigations have demonstrated the efficacy of infection prevention bundles in reducing SSIs across multiple surgical specialties.3,4 Neurosurgical SSIs incur the highest costs, and spine surgeries account for more than 1.01 million procedures annually, presenting an opportunity for reducing health care–related harm and expenditures.5 We hypothesized that implementation of an infection prevention bundle would be associated with a reduction in SSIs and disease-specific costs.
Featherall J, Miller JA, Bennett EE, Lubelski D, Wang H, Khalaf T, Krishnaney AA. Implementation of an Infection Prevention Bundle to Reduce Surgical Site Infections and Cost Following Spine Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(10):988-990. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1794