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In 2015, Memorial Community Hospital & Health System's (MCH&HS) surgical team performed 418 surgeries. The MCH&HS Infection prevention surveillance program has identified MCH&HS as having zero surgical site infections in 2015.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are an infection that happens after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. A surgical wound infection occurs when micro -organisms from the skin or the environment enter the incision that the surgeon makes through the skin in order to carry out the operation. SSIs are known as a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) that can occur in the hospital or home settings. Some averages reported nationally are that 1 in 24 patients who undergo inpatient surgery in the United States has a postoperative SSI.
The MCH&HS Healthcare team follows evidence based practices to keep its patients safe and infection free on a continuing basis. Infection prevention strategies are initiated at the first patient encounter and followed throughout the patients' journey as MCH&HS partners with them to heal and promote health.
MCH&HS is pleased to report this success to our community and proud to serve our community members. "It is so important for our patients and community that we have a team so committed to ensuring patient safety and quality of care especially within the surgical realm. We are excited to attain the status of a Zero Surgical Site Infection facility and proud to offer this high level of service to our Burt and Washington County patients."