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Volume 7, Number 1—February 2001

Research

Preoperative Drug Dispensing as Predictor of Surgical Site Infection1

Keith S. Kaye*Comments to Author , Kenneth Sands*, James G. Donahue†, K. Arnold Chan†, Paul Fishman‡, and Richard Platt†
Author affiliations: *Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; †Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; ‡Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington, USA; *†the Eastern Massachusetts CDC Prevention Epicenter

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Figure 2

Risk of surgical site infection in different risk index categories. The width of each bar is proportional to the sample size in that particular group; a) shows the traditional National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance (NNIS) risk index categories; b) shows a modified NNIS risk index with chronic disease score >5,000 substituted for ASA >3; c) shows a modified NNIS risk index, incorporating both chronic disease score >5,000 and the traditional NNIS risk index categories. In each group,

Figure 2. Risk of surgical site infection in different risk index categories. The width of each bar is proportional to the sample size in that particular group; a) shows the traditional National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance (NNIS) risk index categories; b) shows a modified NNIS risk index with chronic disease score >5,000 substituted for ASA >3; c) shows a modified NNIS risk index, incorporating both chronic disease score >5,000 and the traditional NNIS risk index categories. In each group, the percentage of patients with infections is shown.

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1This study was presented in part at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America annual meeting, San Francisco, California, April 1999, and at the 4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Health Care-Associated Infections, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2000.

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