September 27, 2022

Developing a surveillance program for SSIs in ASCs

The CDC’s healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey estimated that 110,800 surgical site infections (SSIs) were connected with inpatient procedures in 2015. As of 2020, Advancing Surgical Care reported that there are around 5,700 Medicare-certified ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in the US. Of these, only 6 states require ASCs to use the CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a widely used HAI tracking system: Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Texas.

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