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Quick Facts – Surgical Wound Care

Quick Facts - Surgical Wound Care
 
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More than 10 million patients undergo inpatient surgical procedures every year in the United States, and up to half a million of these patients will develop a surgical site infection (SSI). Depending on the type of surgical procedure and a patient’s comorbidities, the risk of developing an SSI can be as high as 20%. Hospital-acquired infections, including those related to surgery, are among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

Given the high prevalence of SSIs and the potential for poor clinical outcomes, it is essential that wound care professionals understand the principles of surgical wound care, including SSI prevention.

This month’s fact sheet provides a useful overview of surgical wound care and SSIs, from epidemiology to risk factors and bioburden management. Health care professionals will appreciate this helpful resource, which contains practical tips for clinical practice. The fact sheet includes the following topics:

Epidemiology of SSIs and other hospital-acquired infections
Surgical and patient-related risk factors for SSIs
Prevention of cross-contamination
Surgical wound surveillance
Wound dehiscence and other complications

Download Quick Facts – Surgical Wound Care 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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