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Unfallchirurg. 2011 Mar;114(3):236-40. doi: 10.1007/s00113-010-1895-4.

[Strategies to prevent surgical site infections].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Carl-Neuberg-Straße 1, 30625, Hannover, Deutschland.


Surgical site infections (SSI) are a severe complication following surgical or orthopaedic procedures and are associated with significant increases in hospital length of stay (LOS), additional costs, morbidity and mortality. Hence, the prevention of SSI is essential and poses a major challenge in the healthcare system. Strategies and key points are presented and discussed. Infection control measures such as active surveillance of SSI, implementation of a checklist, compliance observations and instruction/training of healthcare workers as well as Staphylococcus aureus/MRSA screening, clipping instead of shaving, adherence to perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis, maintaining intraoperative normothermia and blood glucose control are essential for a comprehensive bundle in order to prevent SSI.

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