Perioperative Strategies to Prevent Surgical-Site Infection

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Colon and rectal resections are among the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Complication rates of up to 25% have been reported and result in a substantial impact on quality of life and cost of care. Recently, the Surgical Care Improvement Program (SCIP) has promoted guidelines to prevent postoperative and potentially preventable complications. A comprehensive evidenced-based review of these guidelines and other perioperative strategies for practicing colorectal surgeons is the basis of this review.

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