Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most common healthcare associated infections (HAI), estimated to account for 15.9% of inpatient HAI in NHSScotland. SSI have serious consequences for patients affected as they can result in pain, suffering and in some cases require additional surgical intervention. The impact on the individual can be difficult to quantify, however a recent study found that following deep SSI, patients experienced pain, isolation, social and economic problems.
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 report presents the results of the analysis of the cumulative data from 2003 to 2010 and on 2010 data.