Retrospective Study of Infection Rate in Small Animal Surgery – of UBASMV Timișoara (2007-2017)

Cornel IGNA, Daniel BUMB, Bogdan SICOE, Larisa SCHUSZLER, Cristian ZAHA


Surgical site infections (SSIs) remain an important concern in veterinary practice. The purpose of this work was to determine the SSIs rate in the Surgery Clinic of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Timișoara and to correlate SSIs incidence with surgical wound classification by degree of contamination and with the use of antimicrobial prophylaxis and / or applied therapy. Records of all animals operated on between 2007 and 2017 were closely checked for development of postoperative wound infection and were reviewed. The rate of surgical site infection was 0.77%, and by categories was 0.70% in clean surgeries, 0.15% in clean-contaminated surgeries, 1.76% in contaminated surgeries, and 1.08% in infected surgeries. Baseline information for SSIs surveillance in our surgical clinic and for comparison with other studies was defined. SSIs frequency in companion animals in our service is comparable with the frequency observed in another studies.


cat; dogs; surgical site infections.

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