Healthcare Associated Infection remains an important issue for healthcare providers, patients and the public in general. Prevalence studies conducted in 2006 in the UK showed that across the UK between 5 and 9.5% of patients have a HCAI at any given time.
Surgical site infection is one of the most common types of HCAI, accounting for around 15% of HCAI across the UK. Infection following implant surgery leads to significant morbidity for the patient with longer lengths of stay, the risks of revision surgery and increased pain and immobility. Surveillance of SSI in relation to orthopaedic surgery has been mandatory in the UK for several years how and these data can be used to support the reduction of SSI post orthopaedic implant surgery.
The data presented in this fourth report brings together data collected on orthopaedic SSI in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2006. The Pan-Celtic collaboration involving these three countries worked together to ensure that the datasets used in the collection of surveillance data were standardised and comparable, thus allowing useful benchmarking. This year again there has been an increase in the number of procedures recorded within the surveillance schemes, building further on the value of this collaborative collection and analysis of data.