Archive September 2011 XII, No. 9

10 Commandments for Preventing SSIs

With surgical site infections, prevention is far better than the cure.

Phenelle Segal

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC


In 2008, an outbreak of hepatitis C traced to 2 ASCs in Nevada put infection control practices in the ambulatory setting under a microscope. An investigation of the outbreak documented a host of unsafe injection practices and poor hand hygiene at ASCs. A follow-up survey of all 51 ASCs in Nevada at the time found infection control lapses in 28 of them. A 2010 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that two-thirds of ASCs had at least one lapse in infection control.

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