Incisions can carry complication risks. Therefore, there is a sense of urgency associated with the early management of incisions at risk of post-operative complications.
About Incision Management
Incision can Carry Complication Risks
Therefore, there is a sense of urgency associated with the early management of incisions.
- Half a million surgical site infections annually can lead to longer hospital stays and delayed healing resulting in patient discomfort and an impact on quality of life1,2,3,4
- Surgical site infections (SSI) represent 17% of all hospital-acquired infections in the U.S.5
Potential Impact on Cost
Surgical site infections can substantially increase costs.
- On average, SSIs can extend the length of stay by 9.7 days while increasing the cost by as much as $20,842 per admission4
- Patients with surgical site infections are 5 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital, 60% more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU)6
- Reduction in the incidence of SSI can help reduce the economic burden for patients and hospitals6
1 Nichols RL. Preventing surgical site infections: A surgeon’s perspective. Emerg Infect Dis. 2001;7:220-224.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics Vital and Health Statistics, Detailed diagnoses and procedures national hospital discharge survey 1994. Vol 127. Hyattsville(MD): Department of Health and Human Services; 1997.
3 Perencevich EN, Sands KE, Cosgrove SE, Guadagnoli E, Meara E, Platt R. Health and economic impact of surgical site infections after hospital discharge. Emerg Infect Dis. 2003;9:196-203.
4 De Lissovoy G, Fraeman K, Hutchins V, Murphy D, Song D, Vaughn BB. Surgical site infection: incidence and impact on hospital utilization and treatment cost. Am J Infect Control. 2009;37(5):387-97. Epub 2009 Apr 23.
5 Doherty GM. Postoperative complications. In: Doherty GM, Way LW, editors. Current Surgical Diagnosis & Treatment. 12th ed. New York, Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill; 2006 p. 21.
6 CDC NNIS System. National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) system report, data summary from January 1992 through June 2004, issued October 2004. Am J Infect Control. 2004;32:470-85.
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