- Article: Kiernan M (2012) Reducing the risk of surgical site infection. Nursing Times; 108: 27, 12-14.
- Surgical site infections continue to represent about a fifth of all healthcare-associated infections
- Although SSI rates appear to have fallen, this is largely because of poor detection due to rapid discharge
- The risk of SSI is normally related to the class of surgical procedure
- A variety of patient factors increase risk; nurses should make every attempt to encourage patients having planned surgery to reduce their risk of infection
- All nurses should ensure the key interventions to reduce risk are carried out for every patient on every occasion
- What are the signs and symptoms of a surgical site infection?
- Provide a definition for the four categories of surgical procedures: clean; clean-contaminated; contaminated; and dirty
- What patient factors increase the risk of SSI?
- What measures can nurses take to reduce the risk of SSI?
- Why do you think surgical site infection rates are falling?