Surgical Site Infection Improvement Programme: National Cardiac Surgery Report July–September 2016

3 Apr 2017 | Infection Prevention & Control

The Commission is delighted to publish the first national cardiac surgery report.

Our cardiac Surgical Site Infection Improvement (SSII) programme started in October 2014 with three DHBs and now all five DHBs that perform cardiac surgery are submitting data.

Initial problems with data collection and extraction have been overcome following a great deal of effort by many people. Thank you to all those who have worked so diligently to get cardiac data collected and entered. This is a significant milestone for the programme.

It is reassuring to see so early in the programme such good results for compliance with our quality and safety markers for prophylaxis timing (97 percent) and dose (97 percent), and use of an alcohol-based skin preparation (99 percent).

The cumulative SSI rate is 4.8 percent, with leg wounds having a higher SSI rate than chest or arm sites. Staphylococcus aureus was involved in 32 percent of SSIs and coagulase-negative staphylococci in another 9 percent.

Now we have ongoing surveillance, DHBs have better opportunities to review their data and identify areas for quality improvement activities that will support a reduction in current SSI rates and improve patient outcomes. We look forward to seeing those activities being shared and monitoring their impact. 

Please contact us if you would like to see reports prior to 2016–17.

Last updated 28/09/2021