Interhospital comparisons of coronary artery bypass graft surgical site infection rates differ if donor sites are excluded

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Oct;28(10):1210-2. doi: 10.1086/520749. Epub 2007 Aug 1.


The advent of public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates has sparked ongoing discussion about the most appropriate surveillance data to present. When we used different numerators to calculate rates of surgical site infection following coronary artery bypass graft surgery, we found that some hospitals' rates and their rankings were notably affected.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Artery Bypass / adverse effects*
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Sentinel Surveillance
  • Statistics as Topic / methods
  • Surgical Wound Infection / epidemiology*
  • Victoria / epidemiology