Surgical Site Infection Prevention (SSI)

Patient safety remains the most important priority for STEGH and this involves ensuring that patients are not at risk for contracting health care-associated infections.

We have a number of practices in place to help prevent surgical site infections, including administering antibiotics to patients at a certain time before their surgery. As of April 30, 2009, all Ontario hospitals that perform hip and knee joint replacement surgeries are required to post quarterly SSI-Prevention percentages to further promote accountability and transparency within the health system.

What is a Surgical Site Infection?

A surgical site infection (SSI) occurs at the site of a surgical incision. Germs can get into the incision area, and cause an infection. It can develop within 30 days of an operation, or sometimes even up to one year if an implant (such as a knee or hip joint implant) is used.

Infections can be minor, or occasionally they can increase complications that result in a longer length of stay in the hospital, or an increased readmission rate for patients. Sometimes when patients are admitted to the hospital, they can get infections. These are called health care-associated infections. Post-operative SSIs are the most common health care-associated infections in surgical patients.

If you have any questions about the information below or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact us.

SSI Rates at STEGH as Reported to the Ministry

January - March 2017
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%

 

October - December 2016
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
July to September 2016
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 95%

 

April to June 2016
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%

 

January to March 2016
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 98.4%

 

Ocotober to December 2015
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
July to September 2015
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 98%
April - June 2015
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
January to March 2015
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
 
October - December 2014
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%

July - September 2014

Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  April – June 2014
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  Jan – March 2014
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  Oct – Dec 2013
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  July – Sept 2013
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 98.46%
  April – June 2013
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  Jan – March 2013
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 98.81%
  Oct – Dec 2012
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  July – Sept 2012
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 97.92%
  April – June 2012
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 98.4%
  Jan – March 2012
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  Oct – Dec 2011
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 100%
  April – June 2011
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 97.5%
  Jan – March 2011
Percentage of patients with antibiotic administration within the appropriate time 91.18%

 

All hospitals that perform hip and/or knee joint replacement surgery must publicly report the SSI-Prevention indicator data. These Ontario hospitals are posting their quarterly SSI-Prevention percentages for their facility, using the following formula.

STEGH Infection Prevention and Control uses the above formula for both Hip /Knee joint surgery to determine our prevention percentages. This data is collected through review of the patient chart, statistical patient data collection and documentation by the health care team members. As the number of surgeries performed at STEGH may be lower than larger organizations, we recognize that even one case not within the timeframe may elevate our numbers. STEGH continues to work to ensure the antibiotics delivery and timing occur as identified to prevent infections.