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Volume 10, Number 11—November 2004


Enhanced Identification of Postoperative Infections among Inpatients

Deborah S. Yokoe*Comments to Author , Gary A. Noskin†, Susan M. Cunningham†, Gianna Zuccotti‡, Theresa Plaskett‡, Victoria J. Fraser§, Margaret A. Olsen§, Jerome I. Tokars¶, Steven Solomon¶, Trish M. Perl#, Sara E. Cosgrove#, Richard S. Tilson*, Maurice Greenbaum**, David C. Hooper††, Kenneth E. Sands‡‡, John Tully§§, Loreen A. Herwaldt¶¶, Daniel J. Diekema¶¶, Edward S. Wong##, Michael Climo##, and Richard Platt***
Author affiliations: *Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; †Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA; ‡Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, USA; §Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; ¶Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; #Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; **North Shore Medical Center-Salem Hospital, Salem, Massachusetts, USA; ††Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; ‡‡Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; §§Mount Auburn Medical Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; ¶¶University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, USA; ##McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA; ***Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Table A10

Percentage of patients who underwent breast surgery and who met the antimicrobial or diagnosis code screening criteria

Hospital % of breast surgery with
6-day antimicrobial
exposure criterion Diagnosis code criteria 6-day antimicrobial exposure
or diagnosis code criteria
1A 6.2 1.4 6.5
1B 1.0 0.6 1.0
1C 4.4 1.2 4.7
1D 1.5 0 1.5
1E 0 0 0
1F 3.8 1.3 3.8
1G 10.2 0 10.2
Pooled 3.5 0.8 3.7
2A 7.9 1.0 7.9
2B 2.6 0.8 2.6
2C 8.8 4.9 9.7
2D 8.5 2.8 8.7
2E 6.3 1.7 6.5
Pooled 6.7 2.0 6.8

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