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Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

A surgical site infection is an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. Surgical site infections can sometimes be superficial infections involving the skin only. Other surgical site infections are more serious and can involve tissues under the skin, organs, or implanted material. CDC provides guidelines and tools to the healthcare community to help end surgical site infections and resources to help the public understand these infections and take measures to safeguard their own health when possible.
 

Resources for Patients and Healthcare ProvidersSurgical Site Infection fact sheet

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Prevention

CDC, in collaboration with other organizations, has developed guidelines for the prevention of SSIs healthcare-associated infections. Facilities can monitor the rates of SSI and assess the effectiveness of prevention efforts through CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

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Toolkits

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Prevention Resources for State Health Departments

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Monitoring SSIs

CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network Patient Safety Component includes surveillance methods to identify and track procedure-associated infections, such as Surgical site infection.  [More…]

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