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Spine surgical site infections vary significantly by level, study finds

By Admin | February 09, 2021

Individualized infection prevention strategies tailored to operative level are needed in spine surgery, according to a study published in Spine in February.

Six things to know:

1. Surgical site infections remain a leading complication of spinal fusion despite the development of enhanced recovery programs and other surgical quality measures.

2. Between January 2011 and June 2019, researchers examined 6,727 spinal fusions. Of the 6,727 cases, 351 infections occurred within 90 days.

3. Researchers used microbiologic and procedural data to analyze the anatomic distribution of pathogens, their differential time to presentation and link with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening results.

4. An anatomic gradient in the microbiology of surgical site infections was observed across the length of the back, transitioning from cutaneous flora in the cervical spine to enteric flora in the lumbosacral region.

5. Most infections (57.5 percent) were resistant to...(More)

For more information please read, Spine surgical site infections vary significantly by level, study finds, by Beckers Spine Review

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