A Quick Guide to Infection Prevention
The CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network data suggests that nearly 1 in 20 patients who undergo surgery will develop a surgical site infection (SSI). Of healthcare-associated infections, SSIs make up 31% of all healthcare-associated infection; in 2013, and estimated 157,500 SSI infections were associated with inpatient surgeries.*
Proper wound care is essential to preventing infections for patients in all practice settings, and any healthcare provider should stay informed about the most current and effective treatments out there. If you are a wound care specialist, or even if you are not, take a second to look over these clinical, practical articles focused on infection prevention.
* “Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Event,” CDC and NHSN.