Patients’ experiences of surgical site infection

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dc.contributor.author Tanner, Judith en
dc.contributor.author Padley, Wendy en
dc.contributor.author Davey, S. en
dc.contributor.author Murphy, K. en
dc.contributor.author Brown, Brian J. en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-13T09:52:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-13T09:52:23Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05
dc.identifier.citation Tanner, J. et al. (2012) Patients’ experiences of surgical site infection. Journal of Infection Prevention, 13 (5), pp164-168 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/7761
dc.description.abstract The qualitative experience of having a surgical site infection (SSI) is often overlooked. The aim of this study was to present a description of how SSIs affect the lives of patients and their families. Seventeen former patients from three hospitals in England were interviewed to explore their experience of having an SSI. The interview data was transcribed and analysed into the following themes – horror stories, physical effects, psychological effects, effect on families, feelings of relief, not blaming the hospital, and lack of support after discharge. Numerous articles describe SSIs as being ‘distressing’ for patients. This study reveals the extent of the distress, with patients describing feeling ‘utter despair’ and ‘wanting to die’. These symptoms continued for months after patients had been discharged from hospital. en
dc.description.sponsorship Infection Prevention Society en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.subject surgical site infection en
dc.subject patient experience en
dc.subject narratives en
dc.title Patients’ experiences of surgical site infection en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757177412452677
dc.researchgroup Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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