The occurrence of Surgical site infections (SSIs) and associated complexities and cost is another indicator that more can be done in the space of training. These infections may appear in the skin where an incision is made or below the incision, in muscles and tissues and in deep organ spaces surrounding parts of the body involved in the surgery. Unfortunately, these complications are only too common, and costly, indeed more so than any other hospital-acquired infections. In worst case scenarios these infections can result in death but often results in having to re-operate which increases length of hospital stay adding to the cost of healthcare. They are a global burden, with substantially higher incidence rates in lesser affluent Countries. For example, in the United States these type of infections add a whopping $10 billion to the cost of healthcare alone. Whilst the causality is complex, there is an opportunity in reducing these numbers with additional training and assessment of competence. To find out more of how that works, stay tuned to our blogs.
Surgical site infections