Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most common healthcare associated infections (HAI), estimated to account for 18.6% of inpatient HAI within NHSScotland. SSI have serious consequences for patients affected as they have been estimated to at least double the length of hospital stay and also result in pain, suffering and possible further surgery.
The Scottish Surveillance of HAI Programme (SSHAIP) within Health Protection Scotland (HPS) co-ordinates the SSI surveillance programme that is mandatory in all NHS boards in Scotland.
This is the ninth national annual report from this programme of surveillance and presents the results of the analysis of both the cumulative data from 01/01/2003 to 31/12/2011 and also focuses on data from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011
Also available is the national aggregated data on Surgical Site Infection (SSI) in NHSScotland between July 2006 and June 2011.