Surgical site infection rates in 6 cities of India

Surgical site infections are a threat to patient safety. However, in India, data on their rates stratified by surgical procedure are not available. From January 2005 to December 2011, the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) conducted a cohort prospective surveillance study on surgical site infections in 10 hospitals in 6 Indian cities. CDC National Healthcare …

Safe Surgery Saves Lives

Three central problems in surgical safety: Unrecognized as a public health issue Lack of data on surgery and outcomes Failure to use existing safety know-how Problem 1: Unrecognized as a public health issue  Known surgical complications of 3-16% Known death rates of 0.4-0.8% At least 7 million disabling complications, including 1 million deaths- worldwide each …

Back to Basics: Sterile Techniques

Sterile technique is an essential patient safety principle that reduces the risk of microbial transmission to patients during surgery. The ability to establish and maintain a sterile environment is an important skill for all peri-operative team members. Understanding the principles of sterile technique is crucial for anyone entering the peri-operative environment. Establishing and maintaining a sterile field when performing …

Protection of Healthcare Workers

Protection of healthcare workers is key to containing and managing respiratory pandemics. Serious geopolitical and social forces are converging to create the conditions, on a scale unique in history, for a major respiratory pandemic. When dealing with an outbreak of respiratory infection, the focus is on understanding disease transmission, and ensuring that appropriate personal protective …

A Review of Isolation Gowns

The threat of emerging infectious diseases including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, pandemic influenza, avian influenza, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and SARS has highlighted the need for effective personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect healthcare workers (HCWs), patients, and visitors. PPE is a critical component in the hierarchy of controls used to protect HCWs from infectious hazards. …

Hospital Acquired Infections- India

An infection acquired in hospital by a patient who was admitted for a reason other than that infection. An infection occurring in a patient in a hospital or other health care facility in whom the infection was not present or incubating at the time of admission. This includes infections acquired in the hospital but appearing …