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Taking a closer look at surgical site infections

While surgical science may have come a long way in recent years, the experiences of many of those we help here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD have taught us that cutting into the human body is rarely routine. While the potential for complications should not scare you away from having necessary surgery in Providence County, you should still know that problems may occur even after your surgery is completed. One such problem is a surgical site infection.

Simply having surgery may increase your risk of infection given that your skin serves as natural barrier against harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Information shared by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that the decision to have surgery carries with a one – three percent chance of suffering an infection at the site of your procedure. The types of surgical site infections most commonly seen can be grouped in three categories:

  •          Superficial incisional: Localized to the skin around your incision; characterized by pus secreting from the cut itself.
  •          Deep incisional: Infection in the muscles and tissues beneath your incision; also characterized by the presence of pus, as well as your incision reopening.
  •          Organ or space: Infection in the underlying organs or in the spaces between them; signs may include abscesses surrounded by inflammation.

Surgical site infections can be acquired through contact with a contaminated instrument or the touch of a provider. The longer a procedure takes, the greater the risk of such contamination happening. That may be the primary reason why your chances of infection are increased if your procedure exceeds two hours. If it does, providers should devote increased attention to ensuring that the tools they use are clean and the OR suite itself remains in a constant sanitary state.

More information on your potential for experiencing a surgical error can be found on our site. 

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