Pediatric surgical wound infections

Holly Neville, Kevin P. Lally

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Abstract

Postoperative wound infections are one of the most common nosocomial infections in surgical patients and the third most common nosocomial infection in all hospitalized patients. Surgical wound infections commonly increase the need for antibiotics and increase the length of stay and hospital costs. Although this subject has been discussed frequently in the adult literature, fewer than 10 articles exist on the subject in the pediatric patient population, despite the rate of surgical wound infection, which ranges from 3 to 20 percent. Surgical site infections are potentially preventable complications that increase hospital costs as well as patient morbidity and discomfort. Recognizing the patient who is at high risk for a surgical site infection and providing appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis to those patients is an important step in decreasing surgical site infections. This article discusses the risks of surgical site infection specific to pediatric surgical procedures, as well as appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-129
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 12 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Surgical Wound Infection
Pediatrics
Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Hospital Costs
Cross Infection
Length of Stay
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Morbidity
Population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)

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Pediatric surgical wound infections. / Neville, Holly; Lally, Kevin P.

In: Seminars in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vol. 12, No. 2, 12.05.2001, p. 124-129.

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Neville, Holly ; Lally, Kevin P. / Pediatric surgical wound infections. In: Seminars in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 2001 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 124-129.
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