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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2004 Jun;25(6):517-9.

Improving outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft infections with multiple interventions: putting science and data to the test.

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  • 1Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center, Ft. Myers, Florida 33901, USA.


In 2001, 7.58% of our coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients developed surgical-site infection (SSI) as compared with 3.57% in National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System hospitals from January 1992 to June 2001. Seven new preventive measures were implemented and in 2002, the rate was 3.47%. Implementing evidence-based measures improved patient outcomes.

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