Infection Control in Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Systematic and Critical Analysis Review

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Surgical site infections (SSIs) associated with pediatric spinal deformity surgery are uncommon but can substantially impact postoperative morbidity and the cost of care. In 1 study, such infections were associated with a mean 29-day hospitalization and a mean hospital charge of $154,0001. SSIs are a nationally recognized, modifiable indicator of health-care quality. The recognition of this problem has led surgeons to strive to identify effective preventative strategies and address potentially modifiable risk factors.
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