Is Infection a Real Risk?

February 18, 2014 10:41 PM

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Is Infection a Real Risk?

The chance of a clinically significant infection after ambulatory surgery is relatively small; nonetheless, outpatient surgery related infections account for roughly one in five healthcare-associated infections.

That seeming contradiction is explained by the fact that ambulatory surgery accounts for more than 63% of all operations in the U.S., so the absolute number of affected patients is large, according to Claudia Steiner, MD, of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Md., and colle...

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