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Editor's Note
November 2002

Care of Injection Drug Users With Soft Tissue Infections in San Francisco, California—Editor's Note

Arch Surg. 2002;137(11):1222. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Surg.-ISSN-0004-0010-137-11-sic1222

The ISIS Clinic at SFGH is another in a long list of contributions from the Department of Surgery. The use of illicit drugs in Northern California, and particularly in the San Francisco/Oakland area, is an enormous burden, particularly to public hospitals. Drs Harris and Young have used their creative and clinical abilities to organize and staff a functional unit to treat the nagging but geometrically increasing infections inundating our hospitals. The Clinic has been operative for several years and represents the cooperative efforts of the SFGH Department of Surgery and Administration, as well as the dedicated support of the nursing staff. The hospital administration realized that this investment would be cost-effective. The functional simplicity of the ISIS Clinic is a tribute to the authors and is verified by strong patient support. It has many secondary benefits, the most significant of which is the reduction in operating room use to treat these persistent infections.