Postoperative infection is responsible for approximately one-fourth of all nosocomial infections and may have an incidence as high as 5%.1 The prevention of this morbidity remains a substantial portion of health care expenditures each year.2 Postoperative infection increases mortality after major operations,3 but despite this fact, much of the previous literature focuses only on its association with 30-day morbidity and mortality.
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Woeste MR, Cheadle WG. Postoperative Infection—A Pervasive Mediator of Patient Mortality. JAMA Surg. 2020;155(1):68. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4554
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