Risk Factors for Infection after Hysterectomy

Frances S. Hanckel, Patrick Duff, B. Frank Polk, Mervyn Shapiro, Alvaro Muñoz, Ira B. Tager, Stephen C. Schoenbaum

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To the Editor: In an article on risk factors for infection after hysterectomy, Shapiro et al. considered 26 items, such as antibiotic prophylaxis, age, duration of surgery, and pathological diagnosis (Dec. 30 issue).1 The largest contributor to relative risk was abdominal approach (risk of 2.53 relative to a vaginal approach), and the next greatest was status as a clinic patient (risk of 2.00 relative to status as a private patient). In the body of the article the only reference to the risk associated with being a clinic patient was a four-sentence paragraph noting that status as a clinic, patient was.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1290-1291
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 26 1983
Externally publishedYes

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