Most often caused by contamination with microorganisms from the patient’s own body, surgical site infections (SSI) are a type of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) which can contribute to high rates of readmission, increased risk of serious complications, and even increased mortality if left untreated. SSIs have been shown to account for up to 20% of HCAIs, but they are often preventable if appropriate precautions are taken and the right care is administered before, during and after surgery.
Patient Recorded Outcome Measures data (PROMS) from 2010-11 showed that after their operation, orthopaedic procedure respondents (hip and knee replacements) had higher rates of complications than varicose vein and groin hernia respondents.
Of the 32.4% knee replacement respondents who had a post-operative complication, 36.8% had a wound complication. Of the 29.5% hip replacement respondents with a post-operative complication, 31.6% had a wound complication.
In this webinar we ask, what are the main risk factors for surgical site infection in orthopaedic surgery? How important is appropriate incision management in reducing a patient’s length of stay and chances of readmission? What evidence is emerging about Negative Pressure Wound Therapy to help prevent surgical site complications in high risk patients?
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