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Saturday 19 October 2019
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Topic: surgical site infections

October 27, 2008
New NICE guidelines issued to prevent and treat surgical site infections in hospitals

New guidelines have been published that aim to improve the prevention and treatment of surgical site infections (SSIs) in hospitals.

Each year, about four million people undergo a surgical procedure that falls within the scope of the new guidelines, with at least 5% of these becoming infected with an SSI, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

SSIs are wound infections that can occur after an invasive procedure and have been shown to be the cause of up to 20% of all healthcare-associated infections.