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Clean gloves no worse than sterile for wound infections

Doctors can use clean, boxed gloves rather than the more expensive sterile gloves for minor surgical procedures without fear of increasing the risk of wound infections, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Researchers from James Cook University in far north Queensland randomly assigned patients needing minor surgery in a Mackay primary [...]

Flawed Hospital Infection Surveillance System

Patients recovering from surgery get infections far more often than is being reported, a new study led by De Montfort University has found. Infection prevention specialists are now calling on the Department of Health to bring in a clear and standardised system for hospitals to try to identify the true scale of surgical infections. They [...]

Infections After C-Section Reduced By Administering Antibiotics During Surgery

Giving antibiotics before cesarean section surgery rather than just after the newborn’s umbilical cord is clamped cuts the infection rate at the surgical site in half, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “We followed more than 8,000 women over an eight-year period, and our findings support [...]

Increased Risk Of Post-Surgical Infection After Orthopaedic Trauma, Total Joint Replacement In Patients With High Blood Sugar, Obesity

Two recent studies in the July issues of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) looked at surgical site infections and hyperglycemia, the technical term for high blood glucose, or high blood sugar. According to the first study “Relationship of Hyperglycemia and Surgical-Site Infection in Orthopaedic Surgery,” high blood sugar is a concern during [...]