Harnessing claims to improve detection of surgical site infections following hysterectomy and colorectal surgery

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Dec;34(12):1321-3. doi: 10.1086/673975. Epub 2013 Oct 28.


Surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance is performed using a variety of methods with unclear performance characteristics. We used claims data to identify records for review following hysterectomy and colorectal surgery. Claims-enhanced screening identified SSIs missed by routine surveillance and could be used for targeted chart review to improve SSI detection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Colon / surgery
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Health Records, Personal
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy / adverse effects*
  • Insurance Claim Review*
  • Insurance, Health
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Rectum / surgery
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surgical Wound Infection / diagnosis*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / etiology