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.