October 22, 2015
Prevent SSIs with Consistent Practices
The risk for surgical site infections (SSI) is certainly prevalent in the perioperative setting as evidenced by recent infection rates published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which identify SSIs as the No. 1 healthcare associated infections tied only with healthcare acquired pneumonia. The burden of SSIs in the US alone is roughly 300,000 per year, with an attributable mortality of 3 percent and places the patient at a 2 to 11 percent higher risk for death as a result from the surgical procedure.
 Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections Occuring in Acute Care Hospitals in the United States, accessed electronically from: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/surveillance/index.html, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015.
 SSI Prevention Toolkit, electronically accessed from: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/toolkits/SSI_toolkit021710SIBT_revised.pdf, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015.