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Invited Critique
September 2010

Role of Hyperglycemia in SSIs: Postoperative Hyperglycemia and SSI in General Surgery Patients: Comment on “Postoperative Hyperglycemia and Surgical Site Infection in General Surgery Patients”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Legacy Health System, Portland, Oregon.

Arch Surg. 2010;145(9):864. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.161

Diabetes mellitus has been thought to represent a risk factor for several types of surgical complications, as well as SSI, but is perceived to be beyond our control. The article by Ata et al dispels the notion that diabetes gives us risk we cannot manage and adds to the recent literature1 that suggests that hyperglycemia is the issue to be controlled to reduce SSI rates.