Despite advances to optimize infection prevention, the burden of surgical site infections (SSIs) still remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. SSIs are the most costly hospital-associated infection in hospitalized patients, totaling 1.5 million each year. Targeting SSI prevention is a national priority.
This webinar will provide an overview of the pathogenesis, classification, and management of SSIs. Associated risk factors and current statistics regarding SSIs will also be reviewed. The economic impact on patients and institutions, as well as the impact of SSIs on quality of care and hospital reimbursement, will be discussed together with components of a successful SSI reduction program.