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Harnessing Claims to Improve Detection of Surgical Site Infections following Hysterectomy and Colorectal Surgery

  • Alyssa R. Letourneau (a1), Michael S. Calderwood (a1) (a2), Susan S. Huang (a3), Dale W. Bratzler (a4) (a5), Allen Ma (a4) and Deborah S. Yokoe (a2)...


Surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance is performed using a variety of methods with unclear performance characteristics. We used claims data to identify records for review following hysterectomy and colorectal surgery. Claims-enhanced screening identified SSIs missed by routine surveillance and could be used for targeted chart review to improve SSI detection.


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Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 181 Longwood Avenue, MCP Building, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02115 (


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