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Investigation of Mediastinitis Due to Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci After Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Six cases of coagulase-negative staphylococcal mediastinitis were identified in the latter half of 1999. A new preoperative cleansing solution was suspected by hospital staff to be a factor in the outbreak. We evaluated this possible risk factor along with other known and suspected surgical site infection risk factors in this case-control study.

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