Surgical site infections draft essay
Patients are usually at risk of different type of infections in a healthcare facility. The presented article seeks to address patient care interventions to help reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs). The article addresses SSIs as an obvious threat to patients safety, which often lead to high patient morbidity rate and increased use of hospital resources. The resource seeks to establish the effects of surgical sites infections by comparing both state and national incidences by using a standardized infection ration (SIR). The interpretation of the data suggested that a value greater than 1 proved increase in the number of SSIs, while a number equal to 1 indicated no progress in reducing the infections. However, a number less than one suggested that there had been progress in reducing surgical site infections.
This resource suggests use of both qualitative and quantitative research in indentifying patient care interventions. While the overall aim of the study was a qualitative research aimed at identifying patient care interventions to reduce SSIs, a quantitative analysis (SIR) was utilized in determining the rate of SSI infections as well as the progress of intervention practices.
The goal of the study was to identify evidence-based strategies for reducing the risk of SSIs in consideration with surgery factors such as duration of surgery, surgical wound class, laparoscopic equipment use, reoperation status, patient age and assessment at induction of anesthesia. This study identified several strategies for reducing SSIs which included: observing clinical hygiene throughput the surgical process, MRSA and MSSA surveillance of high-risk surgical patient populations, antimicrobial irrigation, perioperative hair removal as well as observing perioperative implications.