Surveillance of Surgical Site Infection: Annual Report - For procedures carried out from: January 2008 - December 2012

Publication Date: 23 July 2013

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 (14 NHS boards and one special NHS board) in Scotland.

The national annual report from this programme of surveillance presents the results of the analysis of both the cumulative data from January 2008 to December 2012 and the most recent year’s data, January to December 2012.

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