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A guide to surgical site infections in acute care hospitals

Lancaster, Ashlyn (2019) A guide to surgical site infections in acute care hospitals. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Surgical site infections (SSI) are a common healthcare associated infection (HAI). Surgical site infections are defined a infections that occur 30 days after surgery with no implant, or within 90 days if an implant is placed and infection is related to surgery. The classification of surgical site infections is widely used for pay-for-performance comparisons, public reporting and interfacility comparison. Surgical site infections are of public health importance due to the fact that they are associated with substantial morbidity that can put a patient’s life at risk, increase the number of days the patient is in the hospital and increase healthcare costs. The prevention of surgical site infections entails measures aimed at bacterial elimination, infection control policy adherence and patient education on wound care. Surveillance is a tool used to ensure that hospital systems and the interventions taken to reduce the risk of surgical site infections are working. The aim of this document is to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of entry-level infection preventionists regarding surgical site infections. Upon completion of reading this document, an infection preventionist should have an understanding of: SSI definition, financial burden, risk factors, causative agents, appropriate prevention strategies and surveillance methods.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMartison, Jeremyjmartins@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberYassin, Mohamedyassinm@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 18 April 2019
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 35
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 15:49
Last Modified: 01 May 2022 05:15


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