Warm Weather Increases Infection Risk

11 Aug

According to a new study, as the weather becomes warmer, the risk of developing an infection at the sight of a surgical wound increases. Researchers found that there were 26.5% more cases of surgical-site infection (SSI) in August, compared with January, and that for every five-degree Fahrenheit increase in average monthly temperature, the risk for hospital readmission for an SSI increased by 2.1%.

Source: Bottom Line Personal August 2017 Philip M. Polgreen, MD, associate professor of internal medicine and epidemiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, and senior author of a study of more than 55 million hospitalizations in more than 2,500 hospitals over 13 years, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

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