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Impact of participation in a surgical site infection surveillance network: results from a large international cohort study

M Abbas, MEA de Kraker, E Aghayev, P Astagneau, M Aupee, M Behnke, A Bull, HJ Choi, SC de Greeff, S Elgohari, P Gastmeier, W Harrison, MBG Koek, T Lamagni, E Limon, HL Lower, O Lyytikainen, K Marimuthu, J Marquess, R McCann Show all



BACKGROUND: Surveillance of surgical site infections (SSIs) is a core component of effective infection control practices, though its impact has not been quantified on a large scale. AIM: To determine the time-trend of SSI rates in surveillance networks. METHODS: SSI surveillance networks provided procedure-specific data on numbers of SSIs and operations, stratified by hospitals' year of participation in the surveillance, to capture length of participation as an exposure. Pooled and procedure-specific random-effects Poisson regression was performed to obtain yearly rate ratios (RRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs), and including surveillance network as random intercept. FINDINGS: Of 36 in..

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Awarded by Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking under the Combatting Bacterial Resistance in Europe (COM-BACTE) - EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/20072013)

Funding Acknowledgements

The networks would like to extend their thanks towards hospitals that are participating in the networks, as well as to the co-ordinating staff. SSI prevention studies by Drs Abbas and Harbarth leading to this project idea have received support from the Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking under the Combatting Bacterial Resistance in Europe (COM-BACTE) grant agreement no. 115523, resources of which are composed of the financial contribution from the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/20072013) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) companies' in-kind contribution. We would like to thank Assist. Prof. B.A.S. Peng (Tan Tock Seng Hospital), Prof. D. Fisher (National University Health System), Dr C.W. George (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital), Dr S.K.M.S. Pada (Ng Teng Fong Hospital), and Dr T. T. Yen (Changi General Hospital) for supplying data, and we would like to thank Dr C. Wloch and Ms P. Harrington for their assistance in designing and piloting the survey questionnaire.