Surgical Site Infection Prevention

What is a Surgical Infection?

Wound infections are the most common hospital-acquired infections in surgical patients. They occur when the germs that live on the skin enter into the surgical site during the procedure. They result in discomfort, increased antibiotic usage, increased costs and prolonged hospitalization.

What is Surgical Prophylaxis?

Surgical antibiotic prophylaxis is defined as the use of antibiotics to prevent infections at the surgical site. The antibiotics will temporarily reduce the germs that are living on your skin. They are given immediately before and occasionally briefly after certain surgical procedures.

Here are our Surgical Site Infection Prevention (SSIP) statistics, presented according to the guidelines given by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MoHLTC).


After you have read the information presented here, if you still have questions about Surgical Site Infection Prevention (SSIP) at BCHS, please ask us.

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