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Bone Wax as a Risk Factor for Surgical-Site Infection Following Neurospinal Surgery

  • Laurel Gibbs (a1), Anthony Kakis (a1), Philip Weinstein (a2) and John E. Conte (a3)


Surgical-site infection occurred in 6 of 42 neurospinal cases in which bone wax was used and in 1 of 72 cases in which it was not used during a 3-month period (P < .01). Increased risk of infection should be considered when using bone wax as a hemostatic agent.


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Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, 350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 210, San Francisco, CA 94117


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