Effective March 14 2019, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute has archived the Surgical Site Infection (SSI) intervention. Though you may continue to access the Getting Started Kit online, it will no longer be updated.
Surgical site infection (SSI) is the most common healthcare-associated infection among surgical patients, with 77 per cent of patient deaths reported to be related to infection. 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. Click here to view the 2016 SSI Guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).