Collaboration is key to preventing SSIs, expert says

07/16/2013 | InfectionControlToday.com

Despite advances in infection prevention and control, surgical site infections are among the most common hospital-acquired infections and remain a substantial cause of morbidity, writes Suzanne Collins, clinical director for marketing at Mölnlycke Healthcare U.S. Dressings are usually left on surgical wounds for 24 to 48 hours to provide a bacterial barrier until the wound is physiologically closed, but gauze and tape are used in many ambulatory and acute care settings, which allows incursion of bacteria, external moisture and debris, and does not provide a moist environment for healing. "[C]ollaboration between the infection preventionist and the wound, ostomy and continence nurse, as well as the surgeon, in standardizing processes of incision care and advanced wound care products is essential in driving down incision site infection," Collins writes.

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