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Kia āta kōwhiri Choosing Wisely

The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to reduce harm from unnecessary and low-value tests and treatment.

Surgical site infections (SSIs) can cause emotional and financial stress, serious illness, longer hospital stays, long-term disabilities and even the loss of life. The good news is that a significant number of SSIs are preventable.

The Te Tāhū Hauora Surgical Site Infection Improvement (SSII) programme has developed and implemented a consistent, evidence-based approach for collecting and reporting high quality data about SSIs for orthopedic (hip and knee) and cardiac surgery.

The SSII programme measures antibiotic timing, antibiotic dosing, skin antisepsis and surgical site infection rates for cardiac and orthopaedic (hip and knee arthroplasty) surgery.

The SSII programme dashboard results are updated quarterly.

The programme promotes and encourages culture change and provides guidance on practice improvements that reduce SSIs. Information about these areas is available below. 

Published: 20 Oct 2021 Modified: 8 Dec 2023