Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinica

Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinica

Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (2): 225-229.doi: 10.3881/j.issn.1000-503X.2017.02.010

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An Outbreak of Surgical Site Infections in A Neurosurgical Ward

Xia MU, Huai YANG, Jianyi WANG()   

  1. Department of Hospital-acquired Infection Management,Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital,Guiyang 550002,China
  • Received:2016-01-22 Online:2017-04-20 Published:2017-04-20
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the Science Foundation of Guizhou Province of China (LS[2011]026,J[2012]2242)


Objective To survey an outbreak of surgical site infections in a neurosurgery ward of a tertiary hospital. Methods The patients of surgical site infection were investigated individually based on a uniformly designed epidemiological survey form. The distribution of cases was analyzed by characteristic epidemiology,and a case-control study was carried to explore the risk factors. Results A total of 9 patients with surgical site infections from February 5 to March 7,2014 were identified in 68 patients who had received surgery in a neurosurgery ward,yielding a prevalence of 13.24%. The infections occurred in 7 of 14 patients who had used surgicel,a hemostatic agent,and in 2 of 54 patients who had not used surgicel. (χ2=16.637,P<0.001). Conclusion The use of surgicel may be the cause of this surgical site infection outbreak.

Key words: surgical site infection, surgicel, outbreak

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