Surveillance of Surgical Site Infection: Annual Report - For procedures carried out from: January 2003 - December 2011

Publication Date: 24 July 2012

Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most common healthcare associated infections (HAI), estimated to account for 18.6% of inpatient HAI within NH​​SScotland. 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.

Our Scottish Surveillance of HAI Programme (SSHAIP) 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 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2011 and also focuses on data from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

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