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A letter in response to;Surgical Site Infection in Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery: A Single Centre Retrospective Analysis of the Association Between Healthcare Workers and Infections

  • Dr Raveenjot Nagra
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    Corresponding Author: Dr Raveenjot Nagra, Core Surgical Trainee, West Midlands Deanery Mobile: 07463445858
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    Institution, Department of Plastic Surgery, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ, United Kingdom
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  • Miss Kathryn Dickson
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    Institution, Department of Plastic Surgery, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ, United Kingdom
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  • Mr Atul Khanna
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    Institution, Department of Plastic Surgery, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4HJ, United Kingdom
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Published:November 23, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2022.11.020
      We read with interest the recently published study by Kracoff et al investigating the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) amongst female healthcare workers (HCWs).
      • Kracoff S
      • Berl A
      • Allweis TM
      • Egozi D
      Surgical Site Infection in Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery: A Single Center Retrospective Analysis of the Association Between Healthcare Workers and Infections.
      The authors examine the association of developing an SSI following aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery and being a HCW. They conclude that being a HCW should be considered as an independent risk factor for contracting an SSI following this type of surgery. We commend the authors for their efforts in investigating a hypothesis that is particularly close to home, but question whether their data is sufficient to support the conclusions they have drawn.

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