Surgical-site infections, the third most common class of nosocomial infections, cause substantial morbidity and mortality and increase hospital costs. Surveillance programs can lead to reductions in surgical-site infection rates of 35% to 50%. Herein, we will discuss the practical aspects of implementing a hospital-based surveillance program for surgical-site infections. We will review surveillance methods, patient populations that should be screened, and interventions that could reduce infection rates.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology|
|State||Published - Sep 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases