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Medical News & Perspectives
January 5, 2000

Preventing Surgical Infection Is More Important Than Ever

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JAMA. 2000;283(1):44-45. doi:10.1001/jama.283.1.44-JMN0105-3-1

San Francisco—The high-tech equipment on display at this year's American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress promised to help physicians practice better medicine, but some presenters were there to remind attendees that seemingly mundane actions, such as keeping an operating room infection free, are important, too.

Jonathan R. Hiatt, MD, a professor at the University of California–Los Angeles, who moderated one session, called the threat of infection "the most fundamental problem in our operating room."