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The use of topical vancomycin powder in open spine surgery would lead to which of the following?
An increase in overall surgical site infections (SSI)
If infection does occur, a higher rate of vancomycin-resistant SSI
An increased rate of non-union of the fusion site
An increase in infection-related medical costs
If infection does occur, a higher rate of gram-negative SSI
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Which of the following is the most sensitive parameter to detect the increased inflammatory response seen with both postoperative infection and the use of instrumentation in spinal surgery?
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate