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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

Prevention is Primary

New Surgical Techniques and Surgical Site Infections

Steven M. GordonComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Ratesa of surgical site infections in patients undergoing minimally invasive compared with traditional open heart surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1996-98

Traditional Minimally invasive p-value
(n=9,633) (n=1,400) (p>0.05)
Overall ratea 3.3 2.9 Not significant
Deep infection 1.7 1.9 Not significant

aRates are based on 100 procedures.

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