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Surgical Site Infection
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HCA 375
April 14, 2013

Surgical Site Infection
Surgical site infection (SSI) is a continuous representation of a large part of health care related infections. The impact on mortality, cost of care, and morbidity has resulted in surgical site infections being recognized as a high priority in the US Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections. “The majority of SSIs are largely preventable and evidence-based strategies have been available for over ten years and implemented in many hospitals, as nationally recognized by SCIP and SHEA in the US” (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2014). Surgical site infections may range from as little as redness around an incision to treacherous sepsis. Surgical site infections add an average of an additional seven days to the hospital stay of a patient which is also very costly. By following seemingly undemanding steps that are supported by scientific evidence, surgical site infections can be prevented. However, the culture of the workplace as well as the multifaceted systems of health care services, habitually make it a practical challenge to adhere to several of the steps. In this paper I will discuss the hospital acquired condition surgical site infection and why it is considered preventable; explain the legal implications related to a patient developing the condition and the role that disclosure plays; describe accreditation expectations related to surgical site infection; and finally, analyze the outcomes of continuous quality monitoring and consider costs as it relates to quality.
A hospital –acquired condition is a medical complication or condition that a patient acquires during their stay at the hospital. This medical condition or complication that developed was not present at the time of admission. There…...

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