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Risk Factors for Deep Sternal Wounds and Mediastinitis

Purpose:

To identify a patient who is at increased risk for deep sternal wound infection or mediastinitis after median sternotomy.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

Objective:

risk factors, complications, failure handling and therapy escalation, surgery

ICD-10:

J98.5, T82.7

Description:

Deep sternal wound infection and mediastinitis are infrequent but serious complications following median sternotomy for open heart surgery. These infections are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The presence of risk factors can help identify a patient who is more likely to experience a significant post-operative infection.

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