Surgical site infections (SSI)

With more than 410,000 surgical interventions on the heart and almost 770,000 on blood vessels, the specialist areas of cardiac and vascular surgery accounted for almost 7% of the nearly 17 million operations documented in German hospitals in 2018. The most common procedures included the implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators, coronary artery bypass grafting, the ligation, excision and stripping of varicose veins, as well as endarterectomy.²

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