Surgical Site Infection Surveillance Protocol and Resource Pack. 7th Edition

Publication Date: 29 March 2017

The 7th edition of this protocol was published in March 2017 and supercedes all previous versions.

The purpose of this protocol is to provide information, definitions and instructions for national surveillance of surgical site infection (SSI) in Scotland.

For national surveillance a standardised methodology, including the use of a common set of definitions is required. Definitions provided in this protocol allow comparisons of surveillance at a national and international level.

Surveillance is a multidisciplinary activity and local ownership is crucial. This protocol is intended for use by infection control teams, nurses, surgeons and all other personnel who are involved in surgical site surveillance in Scotland.

This resource pack contains a protocol and five appendices.

For access to previous editions of the SSI protocol please contact the SSHAIP team at

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