Performance Improvement 2006. Prevention of Surgical Wound Infections


Key objectives were to measure adherence to CDC's SSI Guideline recommendations using eight measures, three related to antibiotic prophylaxis; two, preoperative glucose control; two, surgical site preparation; and one, hand hygiene. RTI performed quantitative and qualitative data collection. Overall, adherence rates are not high, with the exception of type of antibiotic agent used. The degree of compliance was also strongly related to the consequences of post-surgical infection. Steps should be taken to improve compliance with both antimicrobial prophylaxis and perioperative glucose control, and also to standardize site preparation and hand hygiene protocols.

PIC ID: 7877; Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Federal Contact: Dietz, Sue, 404-639-0210 Performer: Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC

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