Preventing Surgical Site Infection

National QI Project – Use of Infra-inguinal Skin Prep to Prevent Surgical Site Infection

Surgical site infections (SSI) after lower extremity bypass operations are a major cause of morbidity following these limb-saving procedures.

The SVS PSO identified factors associated with surgical site infection and communicated specific opportunities to VQI centers that could change practice and reduce surgical site infection rates.

When distributed to sites in an actionable COPI report, this stimulated rapid practice change in centers with low chlorhexidine usage, which resulted in reduced surgical site infection rates in these centers.

See below for supporting communications and statistics:

SSI Poster

SSI Flyer

SSI Research Article   (J Vasc Surg. 2015 Apr;61(4):1010-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2014.11.073. Epub 2015 Jan 16)