Reducing SSIs: A team approach
Deborah Spratt, RN, Director Perioperative Services, St. James Mercy Hospital
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most common nosocomial infections among surgical patients. Despite improvements in infection prevention, SSIs remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients. Review of our data and processes identified an opportunity to make positive change by convening a multidisciplinary committee to create and champion an evidence-based prevention bundle. This bundle resulted in the introduction of new products, patient screening, staff education and patient education that demonstrated a measurable reduction in SSIs over a five-year period.