The Scottish Government Health Department (SGHD) funded Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to develop methods for post discharge surveillance (PDS) in Scotland following orthopaedic procedures. HPS set up a study to examine infections occurring up to one year following orthopaedic implant surgery in order that policy for NHS Scotland could be informed.
This study was a joint collaboration between HPS and NHS Highland in order to estimate the epidemiology of orthopaedic SSI occurring up to one year after surgery and to examine the feasibility of telephone screening and direct observation by trained healthcare workers. Study nurses from Raigmore Hospital were trained by members of the SSHAIP team as validation nurses in order to carry out data collection requirements for the study. This final report presents results from the study carried out from 01/03/06 until 28/02/08.