MVSS 2022: Study finds no link between frailty score and surgical site infection

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A vascular surgery-specific composite frailty score was not associated with with risk of surgical site infection in patients undergoing lower-extremity revascularization in a review carried out by Andrew Edsall, MD, a general surgery resident in the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and colleagues. 

The research team sought to assess an adapted version of the Risk Analysis Index using the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI), or the VQI-RAI. 

Some 1,130 patients treated between 2007 and 2019 were retrospectively analyzed, with an overall rate of observed surgical site infection of 8.05% noted, most of them superficial, Edsall revealed as he delivered the results at the 2022 Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Sept. 15–17).

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