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

  • Kristen V. Dicks (a1), Sarah S. Lewis (a1), Michael J. Durkin (a1), Arthur W. Baker (a1), Rebekah W. Moehring (a1), Luke F. Chen (a1), Daniel J. Sexton (a1) and Deverick J. Anderson (a1)...


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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