In addition to providing optimal surgical care, your daily team challenge: Prevention of surgical site infection (SSI).
Success in SSI prevention lies in working together as a team by involving all relevant areas.
Find help for this challenge here.
Whether you are a surgeon, OR nurse, anesthesiologist, or IPC team member - you are a core element of the surgical patient pathway and responsible for different steps of SSI prevention.
For you and your whole team, we have summarized here the key measures in SSI prevention.
Guideline-compliant. Compact. Illustrative. Expanded with 200 years of HARTMANN's expertise.
Area clothing, masks, hair-coverings, protective goggles - the protection of the OR team has high priority and includes a number of measures…
… which are summarised here.
After preoperative antisepsis and drying of the surgical field, its surroundings are sterilely covered under aseptic conditions.1
Is this how you handle it?
The specifications for hand hygiene include HOW (e.g. skin care, technique, fluids), but also WHEN (e.g. 5 moments), HOW OFTEN and WHO.
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Aspects you will find about here:
- wound closure
- wound dressings
- dressing changes
Prevention of SSI includes not only hygiene measures but also therapeutic steps, structural conditions, and corresponding measures.
HARTMANN provides comprehensive information on the recommendations of international institutions - even if they go beyond hygienic measures - to create a source for you to find everything in one place.
Find here a discussion about parenteral antimicrobial prophylaxis, glycaemic control and normothermia.
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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
Find new ideas here to combine measures and more…
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?
Find guidance here.
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.
2.Kramer A, Hübner N, Below H, Heidecke CD, Assadian O (2008) Improving adherence to surgical hand preparation. J Hosp Infect 70(Suppl 1):35–43