Letter to the Editor: Surgical infections

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Please include this information when citing this paper: published online April 19, 2013; DOI: 10.3171/2013.2.SPINE1386.

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    Upper: Graph showing the infection rate on a monthly basis. A regression analysis resulted in a best-fit line that shows a statistically significant downward trend over the course of the academic year. Data derived from Gruskay et al.1 Lower: Re-analyzed graph of data presented in upper graph. A regression analysis resulted in a best-fit line that shows a statistically nonsignificant downward trend over the course of the seasons, starting in (northern hemisphere) summer months. Data derived from Gruskay et al.


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    Perencevich ENMcGregor JCShardell MFuruno JPHarris ADMorris JG Jr: Summer peaks in the incidences of gram-negative bacterial infection among hospitalized patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 29:112411312008


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