A study of telephone screening and direct observation of surgical wound infections after discharge from hospital

J. Reilly, A. Noone, A. Clift, L. Cochrane, L. Johnston, D. I. Rowley*, G. Phillips, F. Sullivan

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Abstract

Post-discharge surveillance of surgical site infection is necessary if accurate rates of infection following surgery are to be available. We undertook a prospective study of 376 knee and hip replacements in 366 patients in order to estimate the rate of orthopaedic surgical site infection in the community. The inpatient infection was 3.1% and the post-discharge infection rate was 2.1%. We concluded that the use of telephone interviews of patients to identify the group at highest risk of having a surgical site infection (those who think they have an infection) with rapid follow-up by a professional trained to diagnose infection according to agreed criteria is an effective method of identifying infection after discharge from hospital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997-999
Number of pages3
JournalBone and Joint Journal
Volume87-B
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

Keywords

  • post-discharge
  • surgery
  • infection

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