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Surgical site infections: leading to high healthcare costs after surgery

Surgical site infections (SSI) are one of the leading causes of clinical and economic burden for healthcare systems worldwide. According to a 2013 meta-analysis, SSI are the third most costly type of healthcare-acquired infections (HAI), with an estimated cost of US $20,785 per patient case. The annual costs of SSI in Europe are estimated to range between €1.47 and €19.1 billion, with a median additional length of stay in the hospital of 10 days.

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