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Temporary Suspension of Planned Orthopaedic Surgery at Southern General Hospital

November 06, 2007 5:31 PM

Following yesterday’s decision to suspend planned orthopaedic surgery at the Southern General investigations are continuing.
One theatre continues to be used for emergency operations and planned operations will be reintroduced in this theatre on Thursday.
The remaining two theatres will remain closed as a precautionary measure until investigations are complete.
Regrettably, around 25 planned elective operations will be rescheduled and we will ensure those patients affected are offered an alternative date within the waiting time guarantee.
The Southern General, in keeping with all other hospitals, routinely monitors
post-surgery infection rates in certain orthopaedic procedures The orthopaedic unit at the Southern normally has amongst the lowest post-surgery infection rates in Scotland. 
In the period from May 2003 to December 2006, of approximately 1,900 patients to have undergone primary knee or hip replacements, seven developed deep surgical site infections. 
Yesterday’s decision was taken because six patients have developed primary deep surgical site infections in the unit over the last five months. Five of the six patients remain in hospital. These patients are being treated for a range of infections including streptococci (two types), staphylococci and coliforms (two types). None of the patients are giving any cause for concern as a result of their wound infections.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT AN OUTBREAK BUT AN INCREASED INCIDENCE IN POST SURGERY INFECTION RATES.
ENDS
Notes to Editors
Primary procedures are joints that are being replaced for the first time.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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