Surgical site infection surveillance is carried out by a dedicated surveillance team. The aim is to reduce the incidence of surgical site infection. Specialties such as orthopaedics and cardiac surgery are monitored on a biannual basis. Results are fed back to clinicians. High-risk and high-incidence areas are identified and improvement plans (formal and informal) are developed with clinicians.
In addition to surgical site infection surveillance the SSI team support the infection control team in undertaking a wide range of infection control audits, on invasive devices, clostridium difficile and other audits to meet our annual plan.