Study: Scorecard Reduces Surgical Site Infections

Individualized scorecards for obstetricians were associated with fewer cesarean section surgical site infections, according to a study by researchers at Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health System.

Obstetricians at Summa Akron (Ohio) City Hospital received a blinded scorecard every six months for three time periods between 2010 and 2012. The scorecard included the rates of elective inductions at fewer than 39 weeks, C-section SSIs and cesareans for nulliparous, term, singleton, vertex deliveries.


Distribution of the scorecards was associated with a reduction in early elective inductions from five in the first time period to one in the second and third time periods. C-section SSIs were reduced from 12 in the first time period to four and nine in the second and third time periods, respectively, according to the news release.

The research was selected for a poster presentation at the 61st Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in New Orleans May 4 to 8.

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