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Infection rates 'can fall via effective procedures'

Patients that require urgent surgery may soon see their chances of infection reduced.

This is according to a new study from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital which found that infection rates could be lowered if surgeons followed a list of 12 measures.

Guidelines included controlling the temperature and blood sugar of a person during the operation and improving pre and post-surgery communication with the patient.

These measures saw a 49 per cent fall in the amount of infections created by the surgery. The previous preventative measures reduced the rate of infection by 15 per cent.

Dr Harish Lavu, assistant professor at the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said although the reductions were observed in Whipple operations there was no reason they could not be seen in other surgery.

Whipple operations involve removing parts of a patient's pancreas, duodenum and bile duct, as well as the whole gallbladder.

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