Patient Safety Tool: 'CATS' Poster for Surgical Site Infection Intervention


The Health Services Advisory Group designed a poster to remind and educate caregivers, staff, patients and families about interventions to decrease surgical site infections using the acronym CATS.


CATS stands for:


C: Clippers (remove hair appropriately)


A: Antibiotics (use prophylactic antibiotics appropriately)


T: Temperature (maintain normothermia)


S: Sugar (maintain glucose control)


The poster includes the headline "CATS Decrease Surgical Site Infections," along with an explanation of the acronym and an image of a cat.


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Download the HSAG CATS poster (pdf) for use in your facility.


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