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Study of Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt–Associated Infections in the First Year Following Placement, by the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program

  • Joanne M. Langley (a1) (a2), Denise Gravel (a3), Dorothy Moore (a4), Anne Matlow (a5), Joanne Embree (a6), Donna MacKinnon-Cameron (a2), John Conly (a7) and Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program...

In a national surveillance system study, the infection rate following cerebrospinal fluid shunt surgery was 4.1% (95% confidence interval, 3.36%-4.92%). Cases of infection were more common in children than in adults (4.85% vs 3.24%; P = .04) and occurred sooner after surgery in children than in adults. A wide variation in compliance with antimicrobial prophylaxis was observed between 21 participating medical centers.

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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