Author: Maja Babic
RECOMMENDATION: C-reactive protein (CRP) can be used to diagnose early SSI following spinal surgery. A failure of CRP to decline or a second rise on postoperative days four to seven is a sensitive marker for infection following spine surgery, including both instrumented and non-instrumented spine surgery.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Moderate
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 86%, Disagree: 7%, Abstain: 7% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)221