Surgical Treatment Of Surgical Site Infection

1435 Words Mar 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Surgical site infections are estimated to occur in 3% of surgical patients and cost the healthcare system billions of dollars every year. Surgical site infection contributes to an increased risk of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing a surgical procedure. This paper will present preventative evidence-based practice undertaken by healthcare personnel to prevent the occurrence of surgical site infection. These practices include but are not limited to the appropriate administration of prophylactic antimicrobial agents and the benefits to patients, the preoperative hair removal methods by shaving versus clipping and in many cases whether hair removal is necessary or is carried out as a ritual.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) within a 30 day period of an operative procedure can contribute to an increased risk of morbidity and mortality every year. To prevent the occurrence of an SSI, healthcare professionals must include a scrupulous operative technique, administration of appropriate antimicrobial prophylaxis and minimize the introduction of contamination by hospital personnel and operating room environment. The student wishes to emphasize specifically the importance of skin preparation to prevent surgical site infection.
Patient safety is of the utmost importance to all health care professionals and nurses are at the frontline as the patients advocate especially when they undergo surgery; be it minor or major It is the nurse’s responsibility to stand…
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