Surgical Site Infection Rates


What are health care-associated infections?

Sometimes when patients are admitted to the hospital, they can get infections. These are called health care-associated infections.

What is a Surgical Site Infection?

A surgical site infection (SSI) occurs at the site of a surgical incision. Germs can get into the incision area, and cause an infection. It can develop within 30 days of an operation, or sometimes even up to one year if an implant (such as a knee or hip joint implant) is used. 

Infections can be minor, or occasionally they can increase complications that result in a longer length of stay in thehospital,or an increased readmission rate for patients. Post- operative SSI is the most common health care-associated infections in surgical patients.

 What can patients do to help reduce their chances of infection?

Follow the pre-operation instructions given to you by your surgeon and health care team. 

Frequent hand cleaning is another way to prevent the spread of infection. Hand hygiene involves everyone in the hospital, including patients. More patient-specific information is available at  www.ontario.ca  and  www.oha.com  

Surgical Site Infection Fact Sheet ( PDF )

If you have any questions about the information below or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact  Infection Prevention and Control at ext 2356 or 2449 

2017

Month

Hip/Knees infection rates

Number of Infections

January

00/29
February00/25
March00/54
April4%1/25
May00/29
June00/33
July00/27
August00/20
September4.3%1/23
October  
November  
December  

2016

Month

Hip/Knees infection rates

Number of Infections

January

00/19
February00/13
March00/21
April00/32
May00/27
June3.2%1/31
July00/21
August4%1/25
September00/28
October00/21
November00/27
December 0 0/17

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