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Routine Surveillance Versus Independent Assessment by an Outcome Adjudication Committee in Assessing Patients for Sternal Surgical Site Infections After Cardiac Surgery

  • Dominik Mertz (a1) (a2), Richard Whitlock (a1) (a2) (a3), Alicia Y. Kokoszka (a3), Stephanie W. Smith (a4), Alex Carignan (a5), Muhammad Rehan (a1), Iqbal H. Jaffer (a1) (a6), Ali Alsagheir (a1) and Mark Loeb (a1) (a2)...


Based on a cohort of 966 patients, routine surveillance data were not sufficiently accurate for use in clinical trials investigating surgical site infections. Surveillance data can only be used if adequate 90-day follow-up is provided and if cases identified by surveillance are independently reviewed by a blinded outcome adjudication committee.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;37:600–602


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Address correspondence to Dr. Dominik Mertz, MD, MSc, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Center, 711 Concession Street, Section M, Level 1, Room 3, Hamilton, ON, Canada (


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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. An abstract of the findings was presented at ID Week, October 8, 2015, San Diego, California.



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