You are interested or responsible
for general aspects of SSI
prevention in the operating
theatre, like surveillance and
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In addition to recommendations targeted for specific groups of people and areas, there are general guidelines and established procedures for the prevention of surgical site infections that have an overarching character.
As it is our mission to support SSI prevention as comprehensive as possible, you will find here an overview of essential general measures.
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A significant influence of a perioperative parenteral antibiotic prophylaxis is particularly detectable for e.g.:1
- orthopaedic procedures with permanent implants
- mammary surgery
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Area clothing, masks, hair-coverings, protective goggles - the protection in the operating theatre has high priority and includes a number of measures…
… which are summarised here.
Protecting all staff involved and the patient during the surgical procedure begins before entering the operating room – e.g. with removing jewellery and covering hair.
Every surgical department or ambulatory surgical centre must participate in the surveillance of SSI.1
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In addition to adequate facility, what else is critical in terms of structural conditions to reduce SSI?
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For the prevention of SSI, it has proven effective to combine particularly important measures into a bundle of measures, to train on the bundle, and to monitor compliance with the bundle in the form of self-monitoring.1
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Depending on the upcoming procedure and the patient's colonisation, a patient preparation checklist includes…
… a manageable list of fixed and variable items.
Do you have a standardized practice to prepare for surgical procedures?
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Even apparent and self-evident facts in the prevention of SSI should be regularly refreshed and communicated.
Use a compact bundle for this.
Measures at a Glance
Surgical site infection prevention is a task in which different sections are involved.
Find here all relevant measures and information per perspective to create your individual infection prevention bundle!
For an easier daily routine with infection prevention.
- Behavior of OR team
- Work attire and Personal Protective Equipment
- Surgical Hand Antisepsis
- Surgical gloves and attire
- Surgical Site Preparation
- Surgical irrigation
- Hand Hygiene
- Surgical wound
- Further recommendations
1. KRINKO (2018) Prävention postoperativer Wundinfektionen. Empfehlungen der Kommission für Krankenhaushygiene und Infektionsprävention (KRINKO) beim Robert Koch-Institut. Bundesgesundheitsbl 61: 448–473.