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Quality Updates - Infection Rates

We want to share with you that infection related to surgery is not common for our patients, so you can feel secure in your decision to have your surgery at NMC.

As noted in the Surgical Care Improvement Project section, infection-prevention steps are taken before, during and after surgery. We also take a number of steps to identify any infections that may arise. Post-surgical patients are observed closely for signs of infection during their stay in the hospital. After patients have been discharged from the hospital, we continue to watch for infection. This is done by monitoring whether post-surgical patients have been re-admitted for wound care or have been seen in our Emergency Department for treatment of an infection. We also communicate regularly with each surgeon to learn whether infection may have been discovered and treated in the surgeon’s office.

The onset of infection related to surgery may occur for up to 30 days after the operative procedure. Some surgeries involve the placement of a permanent implant, such as mesh, screws, wires or orthopedic implants. For those surgeries, the onset of infection may occur for up to one year after surgery.

About the data below:
Below is a graph comparing NMC’s rate of infection after surgery to the average infection rate of hospitals nationwide. On average in the United States, for every 1000 patients who have had a surgical procedure, 26 develop an infection related to their surgery. This calculates to a 2.6% infection rate. The graph below shows that NMC’s rate of infections related to surgery is consistently lower* than the national average.

* A lower rate is better.

Source for National Average: http://www.ihi.org/ihi/Topics/PatientSafety/SurgicalSiteInfections/SurgicalSiteInfectionsCaseForImprovement