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Infections after breast surgery found to be costly

Reuters/Yahoo News, January 22, 2008
More than one in 20 patients undergoing breast surgery later developed infections at incision sites, according to a study. The cost of follow-up medical care was estimated at roughly $4,000 per patient.Authors of the study are urging hospitals to take greater care by making sure preventive antibiotics are administered correctly before surgery, maintaining meticulous hand hygiene and ensuring timely removal of wound drains.