SSIs in pediatric spine surgeries are tied to scoliosis etiology

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Increase in gram-negative organisms indicates need to reconsider prophylaxis

Learning from your experience is good; learning from the experiences of others is even better. So that their experiences might enable others to better identify and address modifiable risk factors for surgical site infections (SSIs), three tertiary care children’s hospitals conducted a retrospective cohort study of more than 1,350 spinal instrumentation procedures for scoliosis (Fig. 1). Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, chief of the pediatric spine service at Children’s Hospital of New York, presented the results during the 2011 annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).

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