Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a frequent complication of surgical care and are associated with significant morbidity, mortality and cost.
In the last decade, national efforts to reduce SSIs have been expanded. The latest 2016 HAI Progress Report from the CDC reports that U.S. hospitals noted an overall decrease in SSIs in 2014 compared to the national baseline set in 2008 among the 10 select procedures tracked in previous reports. In spite of an increasing focus on SSI reduction efforts and overall lower infection rates, the stakes remain high for all patients having surgery. Approximately 55 percent of SSI cases may be preventable with appropriate implementation of evidence based strategies.