What Are the Risk Factors for Surgical Site Infections?
Anyone can have a surgical site infection. Your risk is greater if you: • Are an older adult. • Have a weakened immune system or other serious health problem such as diabetes. • Smoke. • Have certain types of operations, such as abdominal surgery. • Are malnourished (don’t eat enough healthy foods). • Are very overweight. • Have a wound that is left open instead of closed with sutures.