Surgical Wound Infections in the Intensive Care Unit The Nurse's Role
Sevim Çelik
Dorothy Doughty MN, RN, FNP, CWOCN, FAAN

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
October 2007 
Volume 34  Number 5
Pages 499 - 504
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Çelik, Sevim

Section Editor(s): Doughty, Dorothy MN, RN, FNP, CWOCN, FAAN

Sevim Çelik, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, Zonguldak School of Nursing. Corresponding author: Sevim Çelik, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, Zonguldak School of Nursing, 67100 Site/Zonguldak, Turkey. (

Surgical wound infections are increasing in frequency. They have a negative effect on length of stay among intensive care unit (ICU) patients and patients on other wards. The reported incidence of surgical wound infections ranges from 15% to 38%; commonly associated microorganisms include Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Escherichia coli. Risk factors for the development of a surgical wound infection include type of procedure and reason for surgical intervention, presence of comorbidities, and operating ...

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