Prevent surgical site infection (SSI) by implementing a set of evidence-based interventions in all surgical patients.
Surgical complications, including surgical site infections, were the most frequent type of adverse event reported in the 2004 Canadian Adverse Event Study.
The goal of the SSI intervention is to implement a series of protocols known as the "SSI bundle” to reduce the frequency of infections and deaths from SSI.


SSI-Getting Started
Safer Healthcare Now

SSI 1-pager
The SSI bundle
Surveillance Definitions
CDC/NHSN (adapted)
Baseline data collected in the Canadian SHN campaign indicated that 32.7% of teams reported administering prophylactic antibiotics within 60 minutes of the surgical incision in at least 75% of their surgical patients, which increased to 75% of teams following implementation of the Safer Healthcare Now! intervention. The rate of discontinuation of the prophylactic antibiotics within 24 hours post-operatively in at least 75% of surgical patients increased from 36.9% at baseline to 64.6% following implementation of the intervention.

Please note that we are engaging with our collaborative partners to understand any key differences for the South African setting and will be updating the website as this work is finalized. There are key differences in the process of the Best Care Always campaign and the measures for the interventions are simplified for phase I.
As stated in the IHI and SHN campaigns, the “Getting Started” kits are based on the current state of knowledge. Consistent with the dynamic nature of this campaign, which continues to evolve, emerging evidence may influence adaptation of the kits in the future. The kits are reviewed and updated as indicated.

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