Are there additional "markers" for the superficial infection definition? For example, if the physician describes the wound as red and starts antibiotics, or antibiotics are started but the physician really does not think it is an infection. 1/19/2006

You will need to apply the definition for SSI superficial by going down the list of criteria and seeing if all are met. If the criteria are met, it is considered an infection - even if the physician doesn't say it is. However, if the physician says it's an infection - it's an infection, even if it doesn't meet the criteria. There are no "markers" for the surgeon diagnosis (e.g., treatment). Either the infection meets the criteria or it doesn't. 

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