Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Slashing Surgical Site Infections

Surgical site infection (SSI) is the most common and costly health care-acquired infection (HAI), occurring in up to 5 percent of patients undergoing inpatient surgery. Annual costs are estimated at $3.5 billion to $10 billion, and the emotional and physical costs patients are staggering, including lengthened hospital stays, readmissions and death. Experts estimate that up to 60 percent of SSIs are preventable. The SSI gap analysis is intended for hospitals planning a more comprehensive SSI performance improvement project. The Slashing SSI tool kit is a collection of supporting documents, resources and tools to assist hospitals in implementing the bundle.   

For more information, contact the MHA quality and patient safety team

SSI educational webinar recordings

The MN Slashing SSI Bundle: Raising the Bar to Lower the Rate
Dr. Chad Robbins, general surgery, Glencoe Regional Health Services
Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gomez, gynecologic surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
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Utilization of Bundled Interventions to Reduce Surgical Site Infection after Major Gynecologic Cancer Surgery
Recording of the MHA quality and patient safety update webinar on Sept. 24, 2015; presentation begins at 09:22
Megan P. Johnson, PA-C, gynecologic oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

The Journey in Sustaining Improvement with Colon Surgical Site Infection Prevention
Boyd Wilson, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC, FAPIC Director, Infection Prevention & Control, Regions Hospital and Clinics