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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Jul;28(7):883-5. Epub 2007 May 16.

Is targeted surveillance effective for surgical site-infection control? Results in digestive tract surgery from the Incidence des Infections du site Opératoire network.

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Regional Center for Nosocomial Infection Control, Pierre Marie Curie University, Paris, France.


We used 6 years of surgical site infection (SSI) data collected by a surveillance system in northern France to compare targeted and pooled surveillance models. Digestive tract surgery wards were ranked according to SSI risk for herniorraphy, appendectomy, and cholecystectomy. The pooled and targeted models were correlated, despite differences in the number of outlier wards detected, indicating that the ranking of wards according to whether they have met a specified benchmark SSI rate depends on the strategy chosen.

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