All of the NHS boards in Scotland are participating in the surgical site infection (SSI) programme from the Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP).
For the period April 2002 - June 2006, 987 in patient SSIs, resulting from 58900 operations in ten categories of surgical procedures have been reported to SSHAIP. In the last year 01/07/2005 to 30/06/2006 271 in patient SSIs resulting from 19112 operations have been reported to SSHAIP.
The SSI rates in Scotland over the duration of the SSI surveillance programme have been relatively stable for most categories of surgery. The published rates for the last year are lower than the previous year for most categories of surgery, indicating a downward trend in SSI in Scotland.
The results from the surveillance have been used by acute divisions at a local level to review clinical practice and have resulted in improvements in performance, both in terms of the process of care e.g. antibiotic prophylaxis compliance and in terms of outcome, i.e. reduction in SSI rates.
An amended version of this document was published 26 April 2007
This document was further amended and published on 12 September 2007