Surgical wound classification in otolaryngology: A state-of-the-art review

Jeffrey D. Bernstein, David J. Bracken, Shira R. Abeles, Ryan K. Orosco, Philip A. Weissbrod

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Objective: To describe the issues related to the assignment of surgical wound classification as it pertains to Otolaryngology—Head & Neck surgery, and to present a simple framework by which providers can assign wound classification. Data Sources: Literature review. Conclusion: Surgical wound classification in its current state is limited in its utility. It has recently been disregarded by major risk assessment models, likely due to inaccurate and inconsistent reporting by providers and operative staff. However, if data accuracy is improved, this metric may be useful to inform the risk of surgical site infection. In an era of quality-driven care and reimbursement, surgical wound classification may become an equally important indicator of quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • ENT
  • OHNS
  • health care spending
  • otolaryngology
  • quality improvement
  • reimbursement
  • surgical site infection
  • wound classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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