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Risk Tip: Preventing Surgical Site Infections in Hospitals, Large Clinics or Smaller Practices
Posted on: 12/19/2017

Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) present unique patient safety challenges for physicians, their practices and the facilities where they deliver care. The reason? SSIs are rarely caused by one factor.

Recently, ISMIE Mutual developed Surgical Site Infections, another helpful guide in ISMIE's Lessons from the Field series. The full resource is available only to ISMIE policyholders, but it offers these key considerations when looking to develop or assess an SSI prevention guideline or checklist:

  1. Begin with a review of your facility's SSI rate.
  3. Evaluate your current processes.
  5. Remember, it's not only about systems – teamwork and organizational culture play a role, too.

  6. Keep sustainability in mind.

This full lesson includes a case study that tells the story of a patient readmission linked to a particular set of surgical site and patient education procedures. The lesson also offers tips on how to build best practices in SSI prevention and debunks myths about how, where and why such infections happen.

ISMIE policyholders can access the full resource (ISMIE login required) to learn more about best practices for preventing surgical site infections. 

Not an ISMIE policyholder?  Contact an ISMIE broker or ISMIE's underwriting division to discuss coverage options at 800-782-4767, or by email.

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