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Surveying the Surveillance: Surgical Site Infections Excluded by the January 2013 Updated Surveillance Definitions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2016

Kristen V. Dicks
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
Sarah S. Lewis
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
Michael J. Durkin
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
Arthur W. Baker
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
Rebekah W. Moehring
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
Luke F. Chen
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
Daniel J. Sexton
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
Deverick J. Anderson
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Durham, North Carolina
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Abstract

The updated 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Healthcare Safety Network definitions for surgical site infections (SSIs) reduced the duration of prolonged surveillance from 1 year to 90 days and defined which procedure types require prolonged surveillance. Applying the updated 2013 SSI definitions to cases analyzed using the pre-2013 surveillance definitions excluded 10% of previously identified SSIs.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2014

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These authors contributed equally to this work

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