Joint Commission Project Reduces All Colorectal SSIs by 32%

A project aimed at reducing colorectal surgical site infections, led by The Joint Commission's Center for Transforming Healthcare, avoided 135 SSIs and saved more than $3.7 million.

The project spanned two-and-a-half years and included seven hospitals: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; Cleveland Clinic; Mayo Clinic-Rochester (Minn.) Methodist Hospital; North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, N.Y.; Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago; OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.; and Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif.


The Center for Transforming Healthcare collaborated with the American College of Surgeons led hospitals in identifying causal factors of SSIs and using Robust Process Improvement methods to address each factor.

Some key outcomes include the following:

•    The hospitals reduced superficial incisional SSIs, which affect skin and underlying tissue, by 45 percent.
•    The hospitals reduced all types of colorectal SSIs by 32 percent.
•    The average length of stay for hospital patients with any type of colorectal SSI decreased from an average of 15 days to 13 days.

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