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Question The exact percentage of postoperative infection!

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…findings at operation include an erythematous, injected appendix…
What is the likelihood that this patient will develop a postoperative wound infection?
  1. 3-5%
  2. 1-1.5
  3. 10-15%
  4. 30-35 %
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I was wondering too LOL! damn kaplan...
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can such q come up in ck ?
10-15%

Clean contaminated operation >>>>> 10 %
Contaminated operation >>>> 15 %

Acute inflammation (without pus) is considered as contaminated operation and alimentary tract entered (during appendectomy) without spillage is considered clean contaminated by definition.
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You won't get a question like this on the exam. The USMLE doesn't test your knowledge of specific epidemiological statistics... just general trends. For instance, they might ask you "what is the most likely postop complication?" and "wound infection" might be the right answer, with distractors like DVT/PE, anesthetic complications, bleeding, pneumonia, atelectasis, etc.
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