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Reduce your chances of post-surgical infection by going under the knife in winter

Posted Monday, June 12, 2017 by Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

We routinely receive calls from potential clients injured due to postoperative infections. Often times it is difficult to make a claim that a health care provider – be it the surgeon or other person involved in the surgery – was negligent and caused the infection to occur. More often claims can be made in a failure by the health care provider to reasonably and carefully diagnose and treat the infection when it does occur.

Often times in such situations there are possible arguments to be made that something the patient did or failed to do caused or contributed to the infection, or in the delay in treating it.

A new study put out in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology gives patients an additional tool in preventing such infections from occurring – schedule your surgery for when the weather is colder.

The new study looked at every adult hospitalization with a surgical site infection from 1998 to 2011, and found that “for every five-degree Fahrenheit increase in average monthly temperature, the risk of hospital admission for a surgical site infection increased by 2.1 percent.”

You can read an article on the findings of this study here:

Warmer Weather Brings More Infections After Surgery

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