Surgical Site Infections :: Quality Measures :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Surgical Site Infections (SSI)

What is a surgical site infection?

A surgical site infection (SSI) is a complication resulting from surgery. An infection may develop following any kind of surgery. SSIs can develop when germs get in the surgical wound.

We measure SSIs for surgeries involving:

  • Heart

  • Back

  • Brain

Why do we measure?

  • SSIs cause complications in recovery.

  • SSIs may cause delayed healing resultin in a longer hospital stay for patients.

How do we measure?

  • As part of the CHCA group reduction effort, we collect information on proper timing and doses or antibiotics and proper pre-surgical skin preparation.

  • SSIs are calculated as the number of infections per 100 surgrical procedures.

  • An infection is considered related to surgery if it occurs within 30 days following surgery ( or one year if an implant is involved).

How are we improving?

  • We implemented "Operation Takeoff" as a method to reduce surgical site infections.

  • Once the checklist is complete, the surgery is "cleared for takeoff".





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