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Welcome to the Canadian Surgical Site Infection Prevention Audit: February 2016

Safer Healthcare Now!, a program of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) along with our partners Alberta Health Services-Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, Atlantic Health Quality & Patient Safety Collaborative, BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, Health Quality Ontario, and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health- Patient Safety Unit, invite you to participate in the Canadian Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Prevention Audit, designed to establish a national baseline for compliance with best practices in the prevention of SSI. 

Surgical site infection is the most common healthcare associated infection among surgical patients, with 77 per cent of patient deaths reported to be related to infection. During the month of February, we challenge all acute care organizations providing surgical services to audit their established processes for preventing surgical site infections (SSI).  

Auditing the process will help to identify areas of excellence and areas for improvement. Measurement is critical in the journey to improve the delivery of safe and effective care for surgical patients.

The purpose of the Canadian Surgical Site Infection Prevention Audit is to encourage all surgical care service providers to:

  • Measure compliance with established process measures for preventing SSI;
  • Use results to inform and drive local and systemic improvement efforts.

To learn more about the Canadian SSI Prevention Data Collection Form, listen to the past national Call "Increase Your SSI Data Collection Efficiency".

To learn more about the Canadian Surgical Site Infection Prevention Audit, view the presentation from the past January 7th, 2016 Call to Action:

Mark your calendars!

2016 Canadian SSI Prevention Audit
February, 2016

National Call:
Results from Canadian SSI Prevention Audit
March 24th, 2016

For more information about the 2016 Canadian SSI Prevention Audit contact info@saferhealthcarenow.ca.