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Invited Commentary
September 2013

Surgical Site Infection: Is It Time to Change Our Expectations?

JAMA Surg. 2013;148(9):859. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.2932

Reducing surgical site infection (SSI) is a vexing problem with yet unidentified solutions. In this issue of JAMASurgery, Lawson and colleagues1 clearly frame the economic and societal impact of postoperative SSI after colectomy, a common and high-incident operation. As many as 1 in 4 colectomies, they report, result in a postoperative SSI. The occurrence may further increase hospital cost by increasing length of stay. Given the current health care environment, with increasing attention to cost and quality, this analysis is both relevant and timely.

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