Impact on Patients
3 out of 20 patients undergoing high-risk abdominal surgery will develop an infection.1, 2, 3
Median length of stay4; Readmission5; ICU admission6; Risk of death6
High Cost of High SSI Rates
$10B spent annually treating SSI 7
Average cost per SSI $19,000 5, 8
-$500k annual CMS penalty per hospital 9
Negative publicity for the hospital
Lowering SSI rates, decreases the cost of care
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Wound contamination is the primary cause of SSI.
Nearly 50 percent of abdominal incisions are contaminated during surgery.10 Controlling that contamination is a constant challenge.
Current technology does not adequately support infection control efforts to eliminate contamination, creating critical gaps that leave patients vulnerable to infection.
There are four common critical gaps in current technology.
Incomplete skin antisepsis introduces bacteria into the incision.11
Passive wound protection can't clear invading bacteria.
Disruptive manual irrigation can spread contamination.12
Prophylactic antibiotic concentrations can fall below effective levels.13
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9 Rau J. Latest Hospital Injury Penalties Include Crackdown On Antibiotic-Resistant Germs. 2016; https://khn.org/news/latest-hospital-injury-penalties-include-crackdown-on-antibiotic-resistant-germs/._Accessed January 29, 2018.
10 Fa-Si-Oen PR, Kroeze F, Verhoef LH, Verwaest C, Roumen RM. Bacteriology of abdominal wounds in elective open colon surgery: a prospective study of 100 surgical wounds. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2005;11(2):155-157.
11 Privitera GP, Costa AL, Brusaferro S, et al. Skin antisepsis with chlorhexidine versus iodine for the prevention of surgical site infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Infect Control. 2017;45(2):180-189.
12 Anglen JO. Wound irrigation in musculoskeletal injury. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2001;9(4):219-226.
13 Markantonis SL, Kostopanagiotou G, Panidis D, Smirniotis V, Voros D. Effects of blood loss and fluid volume replacement on serum and tissue gentamicin concentrations during colorectal surgery. Clin Ther. 2004;26(2):271-281.