Wound infections

About 5% of patients who have surgery and as many as 10-20% of patients who have undergone colorectal surgery have postoperative wound infections.

Surgical site infections 2.7 times higher in patients with remote infection.

Poorly controlled diabetes is a risk factor for surgical site infection.

Cigarette smoking associated with and increased risk of surgical site infection.

Perioperative hypothermia increases surgical site infection rate.

Obesity identified as a risk factor for surgical site infection rate.

Prolongs hospitalization by an average of one week.

Possibly the most common serious complication of surgery and anesthesia.

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