Is surgical site infection guidance always followed? Take our survey!

Surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to cost lives, as well as adding to the financial costs for the NHS. So, what are the key areas in theatre practice that require improvement?

Anecdotally, we know that there is wide variation in compliance with best practice in terms of surgical site infection prevention. Patients continue to experience hypothermia – a significant risk factor for infections, but are theatres treating this is an adverse event and delaying surgery until patients are properly warmed and normothermic?

Are razors still being used to remove hair, instead of clippers, despite evidence to show that this increases the risk of infection? Furthermore, if compliance to SSI prevention guidelines is not always achieved, what barriers are theatre staff experiencing?

Speaking at Salford’s Operating Theatres Conference, Pauline Harrington, National surgical site infection surveillance manager, Public Health England, commented: “Patients die from SSI and we know it is avoidable. By looking for SSIs, you can identify the problem and address it.”

There is an increased awareness of the need for post-dicharge surveillance to fully understand the true rates of infection, but are Trusts actively looking for infections in patients that have returned home?

The Clinical Services Journal is seeking answers to these questions with an anonymous reader survey, with a view to raising awareness. Please take part in the survey by clicking on the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MK2DCXN and share your views. We will be sharing the results of the survey in the coming months…

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Upcoming Events

Managing Deteriorating Conditions 2021

National Conference Centre Birmingham
19th April

Infection Prevention & Control Conference 2021

National Conference Centre Birmingham
20th - 21st April

BSG Annual Meeting 2021

SEC Glasgow, Glasgow, G3 8YW
19th - 21st May

EBME Expo 2021

Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes Stadium Way West Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
30th June - 1st July

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
4th - 5th April