It has been said that any time you make an incision in the body, you can create an opportunity for germs to thrive. The challenge is to reduce the number of opportunities for germs to thrive by implementing established evidence-based protocols throughout surgical units.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surgical site infections occur in 2 to 5 percent of all surgeries and as many as 20 percent of all operations.
Through a team of clinicians, several evidence-based processes were put into place to reduce the number of surgical site infections at Randolph Hospital. Implementing protocols takes a level of coordination and precision that requires the full support and coordination of an entire team including: nurses, physicians, technicians, etc. in many departments within the hospital. Since 2006, these protocols have been in place and the number of infections continues to lower. Some of the protocols put into place include: