The impact of surgical site infection on healthcare costs and patient outcomes

Badia, J.M. et al. The Journal of hospital Infection | Published online: 8 March 2017

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Background: Surgical site infections (SSIs) are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, SSIs constitute a financial burden and negatively impact on patient quality of life (QoL).

Conclusion: Disparate reporting of SSIs makes direct cost comparisons difficult, however this review indicated that SSIs are extremely costly. Thus, rigorous procedures must be implemented to minimise SSIs. More economic and QoL studies are required to make accurate cost estimates and understand the true burden of SSIs.

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