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:
SSIs cause complications in recovery.
SSIs may cause delayed healing resultin in a longer hospital stay for patients.
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).
We implemented "Operation Takeoff" as a method to reduce surgical site infections.
Once the checklist is complete, the surgery is "cleared for takeoff".