|INSTITUTION||Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.|
|TITLE||Techniques known to prevent post-operative wound infection.|
|SOURCE||Infect-Control 1982 Jan-Feb, VOL: 3 (1), P: 34-7, ISSN: 0195-9417.|
The most important factors in controlling postsurgical sepsis are appropriate surgical judgment and technique. Efficacious prophylactic antibiotics, when indicated, also significantly reduce the postoperative infection rate. Among the other techniques often heralded as important adjunctive measures, only duration of preoperative hospitalization, preoperative bathing, use of electrocautery, preoperative hair removal, use of prophylactic drains, and duration of operation are of proven significance. Author.
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