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Practices and Attitudes of Surgeons Toward the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections: A Provincial Survey in Alberta, Canada

  • Philip J. B. Davis (a1), Donald Spady (a2), Chris de Gara (a3) and Sarah E. D. Forgie (a2)

We surveyed 589 surgeons in Alberta, Canada, about the prevention of surgical site infections and compared their practices to the recommendations of evidence-based guidelines. Of the 247 (42%) who responded, most (156 [63%]) were not in compliance with guideline recommendations for preoperative bathing, hair removal, antimicrobial prophylaxis, or intraoperative skin preparation (although 91 [37%] state they are following guidelines).

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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