Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Warm weather increases incidence of surgical site infections.
A new research has shown that surgical site infections,are seasonal with highest incidence in the summer but waning rates in the winter. Temperatures above 90°F were associated with 28.9 percent increased odds for hospitalization with a surgical site infection (SSI) compared to temperatures less than 40°F. The research published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.The study shows the seasonality of surgical site infections being strongly associated with average monthly temperature because as temperatures rise, so also the risk increases. Surgical site infections is a major cause of severe illness or death after surgery, it also causes increased use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial s. Surgical sites infections are a major cause of hospital re-admissions.