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English hospitals under report SSIs
We thank Lamagini and colleagues for their interest in our paper. These authors from the HPA claim that we are misinformed and lacking in understanding. Yet, our criticisms are the same as those expressed by the Public ...
Surveillance of surgical site infection: more accurate definitions and intensive recording needed
Surgical site infection (SSI) continues to be a burden on systems that deliver healthcare and on patients who suffer morbidity, and mortality, associated with this complication of medical intervention. Surveillance of ...
A benchmark too far: findings from a national survey of surgical site infection surveillance
Background The national surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance service in England collates and publishes SSI rates that are used for benchmarking and to identify the prevalence of SSIs. However, research studies using ...
Reliable surgical site infection surveillance with robust validation is required
We would like to thank Lamagni and her colleagues from the Health Protection Agency for their interest in our paper. While they state in their letter that post discharge surveillance (PDS) is not used for benchmarking, ...
Patients’ experiences of surgical site infection
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 ...
Surveillance of surgical sites in primary care.
A surgical site surveillance programme with post discharge follow up and dedicated staff can have many benefits. This article describes the development of a surveillance programme and offers advice on setting up such programmes
Patient Narratives of Surgical Site Infection: Implications for Practice
Background: Exploring patients’ experiences has been used widely within healthcare to improve clinical service delivery. To date there has been minimal patient input of this kind into aspects of surgical site infection ...
Surveillance of surgical site infection post vasectomy
The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of surgical site infection (SSI) after vasectomy and to identify associated patient and perioperative risk factors, including the operating room environment (non-ventilated ...