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Administrative coding methods impact surgical site infection rates

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 August 2020

Mohammed A. Alsuhaibani*
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed A. Alzunitan
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States Department of Infection Prevention and Control, King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard–Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Kyle E. Jenn
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Michael B. Edmond
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Angelique M. Dains
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Stephanie A. Holley
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Mary E. Kukla
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Oluchi J. Abosi
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Holly M. Meacham
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Daniel J. Diekema
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Jorge L. Salinas
Affiliation:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
*
Author for correspondence: Mohammed Alsuhaibani, E-mail: mohammed-alsuhaibani@uiowa.edu.

Abstract

We performed a retrospective analysis of the impact of using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision procedure coding system (ICD-10) or current procedural terminology (CPT) codes to calculate surgical site infection (SSI) rates. Denominators and SSI rates vary depending on the coding method used. The coding method used may influence interhospital performance comparisons.

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