Sustainable decrease of deep sternal surgical site infection rates by a comprehensive infection control program

K. Graf, D. Sohr, A. Haverich, C. Kühn, P. Gastmeier & I.F. Chaberny
Objectives: Deep sternal surgical site infections (DSSI) represent a severe complication in cardiac surgery. Following an increasing incidence of DSSI, a case control study was performed to identify risk factors and infection control measures were reinforced. The aim was to initiate a comprehensive [for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]