What is Mackenzie Health doing to improve our SSI prevention percentages?
Mackenzie Health follows best practice guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infections, and is a participant in the Safer Healthcare Now surgical site infection program. The Safer Healthcare Now program (or bundle), includes the administration of appropriately-timed antibiotics before surgery, prompt discontinuation of antibiotics after surgery, the use of hair clippers rather than razors when hair removal is needed, and ensuring that the patient’s body temperature is maintained at an optimal level.
After a thorough analysis and review, our peri-operative services, in conjunction with the departments of surgery and anesthesia, have changed protocols for the administration of pre-operative antibiotics. Our best practice for administration of pre-operative antibiotics ensures that antibiotics are administered within the currently recommended 60-minute time frame.
This change has resulted in a significant improvement in the number of patients receiving antibiotics within 60 minutes of their incision. A preliminary review of the total hip and knee replacements performed at Mackenzie Health in the month of May 2009 indicates that 88.9% of patients received their antibiotics on time.
The departments of surgery and anesthesia, the peri-operative service and infection control continue to work together to create programmatic change that will ensure that all our patients receive the best care possible.