Prevention of surgical site infection
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Prevention of surgical site infection

Pauline Harrington Surgical site infection surveillance manager, Public Health England, London

Surgical site infection (SSI) is a common healthcare-associated infection that can cause patients extreme pain and discomfort, resulting in prolonged hospitalisation and additional costs to the NHS. Multidisciplinary team working, combined with audit and surveillance, early recognition of signs and symptoms of infection, and implementation of evidence-based guidance are essential for reducing the incidence of SSI. Nurses caring for patients in the pre, peri and post-operative period have an important role in advising individuals about the risks associated with SSI and how infection should be managed.

Nursing Standard. 28, 48, 50-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.48.50.e8958


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 07 March 2014

Accepted: 28 April 2014