What are the risk factors predisposing a patient to surgical site infections (SSI) after spine surgery?

Authors: Alexander Montgomery, Daniel Tarazona

RECOMMENDATION: Numerous risk factors for SSIs following spine surgery have been identified, including diabetes, obesity, prior SSI, smoking, longer operative times, posterior approach to spine and the number of levels fused.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Moderate

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 100%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 0% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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