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2023 Programming

4:20pm A quality standard to improve identification, prevention, and care coordination of surgical site infections for people of all ages

Webinar | login information to come | 60 min.

Surgical site infections are the most common type of health care–associated infection  among surgical patients, and they are the third leading cause of hospital-acquired  infections in Canada, accounting for 77% of infection-related patient deaths. Data from  the Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network suggest that the rate of SSIs was  decreasing between 2019 and 2021, but increased in 2022 to 3.48%, likely due to  addressing surgical backlogs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The quality standard provides an evidence-based resource outlining what high-quality  care looks like for people who have a surgical procedure that requires an incision. The  advisory committee composed of experts (people with lived experience, clinicians,  administrators) prioritized seven areas for improvement.  

Consultations highlighted barriers to implementation, and based on these findings, we  developed implementation priorities to guide practice change. Seven quality statements  were created, and organizations can implement one or more to decrease rates of surgical site infections.


  • Julie Skelding
  • Dr Amber Menezes
  • Dr Terry Zwiep
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