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Prevention of surgical site infection in colorectal surgery

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The rate of surgical site infection (SSI) for colorectal surgery is among the highest of all operations performed, ranging between 12 and 26% depending on definition applied, surveillance, the prevalence of emergency surgery and the penetration of laparoscopic surgery. With over 135,000 colorectal cancer operations per year, the cost of SSI to the healthcare system are in excess of US$1 billion a year. The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) has linked hospital reimbursement to compliance with five preventative process measures in colorectal surgery.

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