Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

24B Surgical Site Infection

The Surgical Site Infection APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce surgical infection morbidity and mortality. Actionable steps to improve surgical infection rates and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for standardized surgical processes to prevent SSIs
  • Knowledge base on early detection and treatment of SSIs
  • How to educate patients and family members about SSIs prevention, recognition, and treatment
  • SSIs resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve rates of surgical infections and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive Summary

The Problem Nearly half of all adverse events in industrialized hospital settings are attributable to surgical procedures, with surgical site infections (SSIs) occurring in 5% of patients undergoing surgical procedures. SSIs specifically account for nearly 15% of all nosocomial infections (World Alliance, 2008; Reichman, 2009). The cases of disability and death

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