Journal articlesThe use of DACC-coated dressings for the treatment of infected, complex abdominal wounds

The use of DACC-coated dressings for the treatment of infected, complex abdominal wounds

01/11/12 | Infection, Surgical wounds | Lindsey Bullough, Geraldine Little, Janet Hodgson, Anne Morris

Surgical site infections have been shown to be the source of up to 20% of all of healthcare-associated infections and at least 5% of patients undergoing a surgical procedure develop a surgical site infection (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence [NICE], 2008). On average, such an infection will add three to 10 days onto a patient’s hospital stay and incur an additional cost of between £4,000 and £10,000 for extra treatment (Department of Health [DH], 2008).