Postoperative infection rates in foot and ankle surgery: a clinical audit of Australian podiatric surgeons, January to December 2007
Butterworth, P, Gilheany, MF & Tinley, P 2010, 'Postoperative infection rates in foot and ankle surgery: a clinical audit of Australian podiatric surgeons, January to December 2007', Australian Health Review, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 180-185.
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Background. Surgical site infections are one of the most common post-operative complications encountered by foot and ankle surgeons. The incidence reported in the literature varies between 0.5 and 6.5%. The results of a 12-month Australia-wide clinical audit analysing the rates of postoperative infections in association with podiatric surgery are presented.
Methods. De-identiﬁed patient data was collected from nine podiatric surgeons Australia-wide. Infections were identiﬁed according to Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) deﬁnitions and data was entered no earlier than thirty days post procedure.
Results. A total of 1339 patient admissions and 2387 surgical procedures were reported using the International Classiﬁcation of Diseases (ICD-10) and Medicare Beneﬁt Schedule (MBS) coding systems. The overall infection rate was 3.1% and the rate of infection resulting in hospital re-admission was 0.25%.
Conclusions. The benchmark results presented in this paper suggest that infection rates associated with podiatric surgery are well within accepted industry standards as stated in recent literature.