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Costs versus earnings in colon surgery and coronary artery bypass grafting under a prospective payment system: Sufficient financial incentives to reduce surgical site infections?

  • Fabrice Juchler (a1) (a2), Jan A. Roth (a1) (a2), Alexander Schweiger (a2) (a3), Marc Dangel (a1) (a2), Massimo Gugliotta (a4), Manuel Battegay (a1) (a2), Friedrich S. Eckstein (a2) (a5), Christoph Kettelhack (a2) (a6), Christian Abshagen (a4), Balthasar L. Hug (a2) (a7), John M. Boyce (a8) and Andreas F. Widmer (a1) (a2) (a3)...


Based on a surgical site infection (SSI) cohort at an academic center, we showed a median potentially preventable loss per non-SSI case of $17,916 in colon surgery and of $34,741 in coronary artery bypass grafting.


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Author for correspondence: Andreas F. Widmer, MD, MS, Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, 4031 Basel, Switzerland. E-mail:


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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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