How one ASC increased surgical site infection surveillance rates: 3 study insights

New research published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined the impact implementing electronic surveys can have on increasing surveillance of surgical site infections in the ASC setting.

Researchers created an electronic database that emailed surgeons a link to their cases each month. The surgeon would then respond to a survey on whether their patients had an infection.

Here are the key research insights to know:

1. The surgeon response rate from July to August 2016 was 47 percent, increasing to 51 percent representing 54 percent of procedures over the following months. The electronic survey rate was higher than the faxed survey rate of 42 to 50 percent.

2. A year later, survey response rates jumped to 53 percent accounting for 64 percent of procedures in June to August 2017.

3. "An electronic system for post-discharge surveillance increase efficiency and response rates in our center. This improved upon the old system of faxing surveys to doctors' offices," the researchers concluded.

Click here to read the full study.

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