Heart, Lung and Circulation
Abstract| Volume 20, ISSUE 4, P267, April 2011

A Review of Deep Sternal Wound Infection Rates and Prevention Practices in Cardiac Surgery

      Introduction: Deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) is a severe and life-threatening complication associated with cardiac surgery. According to the Australasian Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ASCTS) National Database, the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) has been consistently identified as having one of the lowest deep sternal wound infection rates of the contributing hospitals. We reviewed the incidence of DSWI, and identified peri-operative practices and modifiable risk factors, which may have led to these low rates.
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