Study: 3 Interventions Cut SSIs by More Than Two-Thirds

Three interventions cut surgical site infection rates by more than two-thirds among patients undergoing cesarean section delivery, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The following three interventions were implemented to reduce SSIs among cesarean section patients:

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•    Using nonabsorbable sutures for skin closure
•    Using clippers instead of razors
•    Using 2 percent ChloraPrep for skin disinfection before incision

After these interventions, 4.9 percent of patients had an SSI, compared with 16 percent of patients who had an SSI before the interventions were implemented.

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