Guidance on preventing surgical site infection

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A group of professional associations produced guidance for practitioners on how to apply infection prevention best practice across the surgical pathway

Reducing rates of surgical site infections (SSIs) is a key component of healthcare quality and safety activity. However, the multiple teams and settings associated with the surgical care pathway make it difficult to ensure staff are aware of SSI rates, and that guidance is consistent and complied with. A group of professional associations has developed a toolkit providing a structured framework for assessing compliance.

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