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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​According to research, surgical site infection is the most common healthcare-associated infection among surgical patients, with 77% of patient deaths reported to be related to infection. It is obviously important to improve patient safety by reducing the occurrence of surgical site infections.

The Centers for Di​sease Control reports that while advances have been made in infection control practices, including improved operating room ventilation, sterilization methods, barriers, surgical technique, and availability of antimicrobial prophylaxis, SSI remains a substantial cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization, and death.

You can take action to reduce SSIs with these four components of care:

  • Perioperative antimicrobial coverage
  • Appropriate hair removal
  • Maintenance of perioperative glucose control
  • Perioperative normothermia

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Of more than 200,000 surgeries performed in British Columbia annually where the Safe Surgery Checklist is used, some 95 per cent of patients don't get an infection. However, the British Columbia...
December 22, 2015 
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