Surgical Site Infection


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.

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.

The “Getting Started” kits were based on the current state of knowledge at the time of publication. Since their introduction, new evidence has emerged which should be reviewed and incorporated by hospitals and their clinical teams.