Surgical Site Infection Rates

What arehealth care-associatedinfections?

Sometimes when patients are admitted to the hospital, they can get infections. These are calledhealth care-associatedinfections.

What is a Surgical Site Infection?

A surgical site infection (SSI) occurs at the site of a surgical incision. Germs can get into the incision area, and cause an infection. It can develop within 30 days of an operation, or sometimes even up to one year if an implant (such as a knee or hip joint implant) is used. 

Infections can be minor, or occasionally they can increase complications that result in a longer length of stay inthehospital,oran increased readmission rate for patients.Post- operativeSSI is the most commonhealth care-associatedinfections in surgical patients.

 What can patients do to help reduce their chances of infection?

Follow the pre-operation instructions given to you by your surgeon and health care team. 

Frequent hand cleaning is another way to prevent the spread of infection. Hand hygiene involves everyone in the hospital, including patients. More patient-specific information is available at  and  

Surgical Site Infection Fact Sheet ( PDF )

If you have any questions about the information below or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact  Infection Prevention and Control at ext 2356 or 2449 


Fiscal year 2017

Rate (for Total Hips and

Knee Arthroplasty)

Fiscal year 2018

Rate (for Total Hips and

Knee Arthroplasty)

Q1 April - June1%1%
Q2 July - September1%0%
Q3 October - December0% 
Q4 January - March0%