Chapter Update: Surgical Site Infection

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In our latest content update, Donald E. Fry, MD revisits our chapter on Surgical Site Infection (SSI), which continues to be a major source of morbidity, economic cost, and even death in surgery patients. Important new coverage topics include:

  • The new SSI prediction model developed by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
  • The impact of electronic medical records on SSI surveillance
  • Negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT), a newer method in the prevention of infection in both closed and open surgical wounds
  • Pressure irrigation of open wounds before closure, or as adjunctive therapy for open wounds not primarily closed

The ATO continues to support concurrent review and updates of important chapters based on infection prevention trends and issues, as well as developing new chapters. Other recent chapter updates include:

APIC is excited to hear your thoughts about the revised chapter, as well as the entire ATO platform. Your views are critical to APIC’s success in providing the resources that you need to flourish as an IP. Please email us with any feedback at


Patti G. Grota, PhD, RN, CNS-M-S, CIC, FAPIC