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​​When patients get an infection following surgery, it delays healing, extends the patient's length of stay and increases their risk for harm and readmission. By implementing the appropriate interventions, patients are safer and go home sooner (IHI Improvement Map).

Most patients who have surgery do well, but about three out of every 100 surgery patients get an infection. This can lead to other problems such as a longer hospital stay and rarely, an infection related death (IHI, How-to Guide: Prevent surgical site infections, 2012).

Patient Sto​​​ries

Ginny's life was changed forever by a preventable hospital-acquired infection.

A surgical patient who contracted MRSA following knee replacement surgery describes the effects of the surgical site infection (SSI) on her life, and how her experience led her health care providers to make changes to prevent SSIs.