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Research shows simple post-surgical step reduces infections

According to the latest edition of the Archive of Surgery, a basic bedside technique of gently probing a surgical incision to clean the area can result in significantly reduced rates of infection, Internal Medicine News reports.

According to the report, over a three year period, researchers assessed surgical site infections in 76 adults who underwent appendectomy for perforated appendicitis at one hospital. Only 3% of the patients who received the gentle probing contracted an infection, while 19% contracted infection in the control group. In addition, those patients who received the probing technique had their length of stay reduced.

Researchers theorized that allowing for drainage of the wound was the reason behind these better results, though they were unsure the precise reason as to why this practice cut down on infections.

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About the Author: Matt Phillion is the director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Senior Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where he is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on The Joint Commission.

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