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Project seen cutting colorectal surgical-site infections
Modern Healthcare

Seven institutions participating in a Joint Commission and American College of Surgeons quality-improvement project to reduce colorectal surgical-site infection rates saved more than $3.7 million by avoiding 135 infections over a 2½-year period. This included superficial incisional infections, affecting skin and underlying tissue, which were lowered 45%; and all types of colorectal surgical-site infections by 32%. The average length of stay for surgical-site infection patients was reduced to 13 days from 15.