ICT:0415:RPT:Back to Basics


SSI Prevention: Back to Basics

Report Summary

This Report summarizes the basics of surgical site infection (SSI) prevention and control, including reviewing the burden of SSIs, risk factors and risk management, components of SSI prevention, plus current recommendations from clinical guidelines.

Editor's Take

While advances have been made in infection control practices, including improved operating room ventilation, sterilization methods, barriers, surgical technique, and availability of antimicrobial prophylaxis, surgical site infections remain a substantial cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization and death. A broad array of patient and procedural factors affect the risk of SSI, so a multi-factorial and multi-disciplinary approach is needed for SSI prevention SSI prevention strategies should be designed to target the entire continuum of a surgical procedure

Takeaways for Your Business

  • A multi-modal approach to SSI prevention has been shown to be effective.
  • Education and training of healthcare personnel is essential so they can properly implement best practices.
  • Four key implementation strategies are engage, educate, execute and evaluate.