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“Yes,” says a large review of a single institution’s experience with appendectomy for acute appendicitis.

The study looked at over 4500 patients who underwent appendectomies over the 8-year period between 2003 and 2011. The main findings of the study were that patients who developed surgical site infection (SSI) had a significantly longer delay in going to the operating room. Time to appendectomy was defined as the time the patients were admitted to the surgery service until they reached the operating room (OR).

Patients who developed infections were taken to the OR after a mean of 14 1/2 hours compared to 11 hours and 45 minutes for those who did not, which was a statistically significant difference, p = 0.013.

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