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Invited Critique
April 20, 2009

Perioperative Supplemental Oxygen Therapy and Surgical Site Infection—Invited Critique

Arch Surg. 2009;144(4):366-367. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2009.4

The prevention of SSIs is a goal of all surgeons. A variety of measures have been definitively identified to reduce SSIs, including perioperative antimicrobial drug prophylaxis (including proper antibiotic drug selection, dosage, timing, redosing, and discontinuation), an appropriate hair removal technique if necessary, appropriate skin preparation, maintenance of patient normothermia, and maintenance of euglycemia. These and other evidence-based recommendations were made in the 1999 Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection.1

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