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.
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 cumulative data from January 2010 to December 2014 and the most recent year’s data, January to December 2014 for mandatory procedures are reported however following a review of voluntary procedure surveillance and due to the inpatient only methodology they have been excluded from detailed analysis.
An infographic to accompany the report is available to download.
An appendix providing details of the identified microorganisms and resistance patterns isolated from SSI is available to dowload.