Multidisciplinary focus on reducing surgical site infections

17 Mar 2016 | Infection Prevention & Control

Capital & Coast District Health Board (DHB) has achieved 100 percent compliance in all three surgical site infection (SSI) quality safety markers for a second consecutive reporting period.

A large amount of work was done within the DHB before the rollout of the national Surgical Site Infection Improvement (SSII) programme. Effective communication with the DHB’s surgical services, strong clinical engagement, nationally consistent measurement and an emphasis on multidisciplinary teamwork were key elements of their success.

James Robertson, IPC clinical nurse specialist and SSII programme champion at Capital & Coast DHB, says the introduction of the SSII programme in 2012 was welcomed because it emphasised the value of infection prevention and control in the reduction of healthcare associated infections.

"It has enabled greater access to surgeons to enhance a multidisciplinary team approach."

James believes national goals and measures have been helpful to align and coordinate local SSI prevention efforts.

"The SSII programme's national reporting continues to be extremely useful, providing a baseline and enabling us to review our performance. It also endorses what we are doing to reduce SSIs at our DHB."

Read the latest national orthopaedic report for the period 1 July–30 September 2015.

Last updated 17/03/2016