Points of view from clinical experts
Bundle strategies have been shown to significantly reduce SSI rates, states Prof Markus Golling. This requires a whole set of changes in order to improve a complex situation. (Interview held in August, 2020)
The problem with SSI and COVID-19 infections is that both may present with high temperatures. Prof Markus Golling offers an overview of how to filter out potential COVID-19 patients before surgery. (Interview held in August, 2020)
OR traffic might not top the list of well-known SSI issues, but people constantly walking in and out of the OR are in fact a major problem in clinical practice, warns Dr Madeleine Rupp. In addition, clinicians must always consider patient-associated factors. (Interview held in July, 2020)
If stakeholders like surgeons and hospital management are to successfully implement a big change like an SSI bundle strategy, everyone has to be on board, from the top down. It is the only way to improvement, according to Prof Eckhart Mayr. (Interview held in August, 2020)
Postoperative wound infections have a huge impact on patients, treating physicians and hospitals alike and should therefore be avoided at all costs, says Dr. Nanne Kort, Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer at CortoClinics, the Netherlands. The most important preventative measures to take against SSI are extensive patient education and the correct antimicrobial wound irrigation.
The bundle strategy to prevent SSI does not only affect the change process, but also the key performance indicators. If you would like to find out how the economic goals are affected, our cost calculator will give you a first insight.