Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)

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CDC updates data on HAIs

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 5 updated its data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) have dropped 50% since 2008. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) have had consistent year-to-year decreases, especially since those caused by yeast were deleted from the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2018
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Association between intraop hypothermia and SSIs

Editor's Note This study from the Mayo Clinic found that intraoperative hypothermia was not significantly associated with surgical site infections (SSIs). Among the findings: Compliance with Surgical Care Improvement Project Performance Measure “Surgery Patients with Perioperative Temperature Management” (SCIP-Inf-10) overall and its components (maintenance of minimum body temperature and use…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2016
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Infection prevention tops list of readmission 'action items'

Although most patients spend a brief time in the OR, what happens there significantly impacts a hospital’s 30-day readmission rate. According to a 2015 study in JAMA, complications related to the surgical procedure are the most common cause of readmission after surgery. The researchers analyzed data from the American College…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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Are you on target for meeting SSI, SCIP metrics?

OR leaders will want to check that their surgical site infection (SSI) rates are in line with 5-year goals in the updated National Action Plan for reducing health care-associated infection (HAI) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). By and large, hospitals are on target to meet SSI…

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By: OR Manager
June 4, 2012
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