From January 1 - July 31, 1989, there are 774 operations performed in the Department of Surgery of this institution.Sixty one cases of surgical wound infection are included in this survey resulting in a surgical wound infection rate of 7.8
which is higher than acceptable. The leading causative organisms are Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Acinetobacter calcoaciticus, Enterobacter cloacae, and Enterobacter agglomerans comprising 80
of all isolates. Although most of the causative organisms are gram negative microbes, but Staphylococcus aereus is re-emerging as a predominant culprit. The various antibiotic sensitivity and resistance pattern of commonly used antimicrobial agents are presented and convincingly show a changing trend towards unsatisfactory drug performance. The increasing rate of surgical wound infection in this hospital should be seriously looked into before this problem escalates into epidemic proportion. A continous infection surveillance and control should be adopted to be able to offer access to useful microbiological information regarding infection which can effectively guide surgeons in particular and physicians in general in their fight against surgical wound infection. Only with this scheme can we sincerely offer patients more optimistic outlook on their chances against this postoperative complication.
This study will determine the rate of surgical wound infection among performed operations in Cebu Velez Hospital.