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Quick Facts - Surgical Site Infections

Quick Facts - Surgical Site Infections
 

Surgical site infection (SSI), defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place,” is a common and costly post-operative complication. These infections can be superficial or deep and systemic, and in some cases they can be prevented by mitigating certain risk factors.

Wound care professionals who treat surgical patients need a thorough understanding of the types of surgical wounds and the methods of healing used specifically in surgical wounds. Also essential are pre-operative skin and risk assessments and post-operative wound care techniques to prevent or manage SSIs.

This informative fact sheet provides an up-to-date overview of SSIs with an emphasis on the following issues relevant to wound care professionals:

Epidemiology and economics of SSIs
Categories of SSIs
Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors
Pre-operative protocols
Types of surgical wound healing
Surgical wound care through the phases of wound healing

Download Quick Facts – Surgical Site Infections to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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