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 Disease 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
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- Maintenance of perioperative glucose control
- Perioperative normothermia
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