Hot weather boosts up surgical infections

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 16:27:05
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Hot weather boosts up surgical infections

Hot weather boosts up surgical infections
Warm weather increases the surgical site infections, a new research said 

The research shows surgical site infections are more common in the summer, especially when temperatures rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Surgical site infections are the most common type of health-care related infection. 

Though many are superficial, serious infections can result in severe illness or death.

When researchers compared rates of surgical site infections with seasonal weather patterns, they found an increase in infections in the summer and a decrease in the winter. 

Especially warm weather, with temperature above 90 degrees, predicted a 28.9 per cent rise in hospitalizations for surgical site infections compared to cold weather, with temperatures below 40 degrees.

"We show that seasonality of surgical site infections is strongly associated with average monthly temperature. As temperatures rise, risk increases," Dr. Philip M. Polgreen, an associate professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa, said in a news release. "However, the odds of any one person getting an infection are still small, and due to the limitations of our data, we still do not know which particular surgeries or patients are at more risk from higher temperature."

 
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