Surgical site infections (SSI) make up a significant number of hospital-acquired infections. They have a significant impact socially, financially and emotionally on the patients who develop them and their families.
Preventing SSIs is important and we are continually trying to improve aspects of care by:
Waikato DHB is participating in the national surgical site infection improvement (SSII) programme which is currently collecting information on all hip and knee joint replacements performed. Infection rates are reported quarterly by DHB and nationally as part of the quality safety markers(external link).
The national SSI programme will be progressing soon to collecting information about cardiac surgery, such as coronary artery bypass graft operations and cardiac valve replacements, which are performed in only five DHBs nationally including Waikato.