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Beyond 30 Days: Does Limiting the Duration of Surgical Site Infection Follow-up Limit Detection?

  • Julie D. Lankiewicz (a1), Deborah S. Yokoe (a2), Margaret A. Olsen (a3), Fallon Onufrak (a1), Victoria J. Fraser (a4), Kurt Stevenson (a5), Yosef Khan (a5), David Hooper (a6), Richard Platt (a1) and Susan S. Huang (a7)...


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