Michael S. Turner, MD, Kathy J. Flint, RN, MSN, Kenneth E. Davis, MS— Wound infections can be costly and debilitating for any patient with surgical implants. In the neurosurgical population, removal of the implant and involvement of CSF in the proximity of the implant can increase the risk of infection. Risks associated with environment, surgical technique and improper sterilization technique can contribute to the potential for a surgical site infection. The infecting organism in surgical site infections most often originates from the patient's skin (12, 16). Exposure of the incision to skin flora can be decreased by skin preparation and occlusive drapes.
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