Study: More resources needed for surgical-site complications

In their quest to reduce and prevent hospital-acquired infections, hospitals have focused most of their attention on central-line-associated infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections but not on the most common of all--surgical-site complications, according to a new study presented at IDWeek 2013 and reported by Medscape. Researchers counted the number of infections acquired as a result of surgical procedures, intensive care unit patient-days and nonintensive care unit patient-days in a network of 15 hospitals from Jan. 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012. Overall, the researchers identified 2,345 hospital-acquired infections and surgical-site complications were the most common (38 percent). The study, researchers said, suggests the industry needs to devote more resources to these infections. "Especially in a situation of limited resources, we need to prioritize where we spend our research dollars in terms of preventing hospital-acquired infections," lead author Sarah Lewis, M.D., a medical instructor at Duke University in Durham, N.C., told Medscape Medical News. Article