In this retrospective analysis of VA patients who underwent a surgical procedure, 4% of them were complicated by post-op sepsis; the risk-adjusted cost was almost 3 times higher in those with, than those without, post-op sepsis. There is a legitimate financial and quality argument to be made for prevention efforts to reduce post-op sepsis (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.