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Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

What You Can Do

  • Make sure that all healthcare providers clean their hands before examining your child, either with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Family and friends who visit your child should not touch the surgical wounds or dressings.
  • All visitors should clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after visiting your child.

Why This Measure is Important

  • A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where 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.
  • Surgical site infections may lead to other complications for patients, such as extended hospital stays, greater likelihood of spending time in an intensive care unit (ICU), and a greater chance of being readmitted to the hospital.  These complications expose patients to additional hardships and increased costs.
  • Research has shown that proper administration of antibiotics can help prevent infections.

How We Measure

  • The percentage of surgical site infections associated with all pediatric surgical procedures.
  • Our goal is to maintain infection rates lower than the national benchmark, ultimately driving towards zero.

What We Are Doing to Improve

  • Consistently use a set of best practices, called bundles, to minimize the risk of these infections.
  • Involve parents and caregivers in the prevention processes.  For example, for surgeries with a high risk of infections, parents are asked to wash the child with an antibacterial product.
  • Participate in Solutions for Patient Safety, a national improvement collaborative focused on eliminating all patient harm by sharing ideas, data, and best practices among United States children’s hospitals.
  • Review all cases of SSI to identify opportunities for improvement.

Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Rate Chart