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 the heart, back, and brain.
SSIs cause complications in recovery.
SSIs may cause delayed healing resulting 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 surgical 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."