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Investigation of Mediastinitis Due to Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci After Cardiothoracic Surgery

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 June 2016

Maria D. Van Kerkhove
Affiliation:
Department of Health, Research, and Policy, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California Exponent Health Sciences Practice, New York, New York
Julie Parsonnet
Affiliation:
Department of Health, Research, and Policy, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California
Michal Weingart
Affiliation:
Exponent Health Sciences Practice, Oakland, California
Lucy S. Tompkins
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California
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Abstract

Six cases of coagulase-negative staphylococcal mediastinitis were identified in the latter half of 1999. A new preoperative cleansing solution was suspected by hospital staff to be a factor in the outbreak. We evaluated this possible risk factor along with other known and suspected surgical site infection risk factors in this case-control study.

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