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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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