Surgical site infections (SSIs) are an important cause of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). They account for 15.9% of all HAI, and cost the NHS in Scotland £30 million per year. SSI have serious consequences for patients affected as they have been estimated to at least double the length of hospital stay and also result in pain, suffering and possible further surgery.
The Scottish Surveillance of HAI Programme (SSHAIP) within Health Protection Scotland (HPS) co-ordinates the SSI surveillance programme that is mandatory in all NHS boards in Scotland.
This is the sixth national annual report from this programme of surveillance and presents the results of the analysis of both the cumulative data from 01/01/2003 to 31/12/2008 and also focuses on data from 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008.