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UPCOMING WEBINAR, Friday, October 29, at 11AM EDT

Surgical Site Infections: Preventing and Managing Complications

Speaker: Subhas Gupta, MD, CM, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

Though surgical procedures are designed to help our patients, surgery is a traumatic experience for the human body, and steps should be taken to ensure that the patient is both properly prepared for the procedure and for healing. The risk of complications such as hematoma, seroma, dehiscence, and surgical site infections may be reduced by preoperative optimization.



Surgical Site Management: Improving Outcomes

Hospital stays are becoming shorter and shorter, but patient acuity levels are higher and higher. Combine that with existing nursing shortages, and it is easy to understand the increased risks of surgical site complications.

This white paper first describes how surgical advances and best practice wound care have lowered the rates of surgical site complications, including surgical site infections (SSIs). The guide then discusses SSI risk factors, classifications, and impact on patients and the health care system, as well as surgical wound dehiscence and hematoma or seroma formation.


Quick Facts – Surgical Wound Management

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are common hospital-acquired infections, and they have an estimated annual cost of up to $10 billion in the United States. Patients with SSIs are twice as likely to die, have a 60% greater rate of intensive care unit stays, and have a five times higher chance of post-discharge hospital readmission.

Given the high incidence of SSIs, their serious consequences, and the ever-present risk of antimicrobial resistance, post-operative care often includes the use of advanced wound care technologies and dressings to prevent these infections.


Surgical Wound Complications

Despite modern precautions and protocols in place, surgical site infection (SSI) continues to be a risk. SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections, with an estimated annual cost of $3.5 to $10 billion in the United States…

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Surgical Site Infection: What Causes the Infection?

Although advances in surgical techniques and operating room technologies have made many surgical procedures more successful and have led to easier recovery for many patients, surgical site infections…

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Using Advanced Technologies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections

It was reported in 2014 that approximately 14 million operations were performed in the United States. The health care–associated infection prevalence survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and…

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Wound Care Options for Surgical Site Management

Surgical site care is vital in preventing complications such as infection and dehiscence. Advanced therapies can help in the prevention of infection and the management of surgical sites and…

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How Much Do You Know About Surgical Wound Management?

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Terms to Know: Surgical Wounds

Abscess: Inflamed tissue surrounding a localized gathering of pus, often caused by infection.

Antimicrobial resistance: The process that occurs when bacteria, fungi, and parasites (microorganisms) change over time and no longer respond to antimicrobial medications. This resistance makes it more difficult to treat infections and increases the risk of spreading diseases that result in severe illness and death.

Antimicrobial stewardship: Collective measures that are taken to slow the evolution of multidrug-resistant organisms.

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