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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 318-325

Protocol for developing a surveillance system for surgical site infections


1 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Division of Trauma Surgery, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Purva Mathur
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmm.IJMM_19_446

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Purpose: Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs/ HAIs) are the most common adverse occurrences during health care delivery. Across the globe, millions of patients are affected by HAIs annually, with a higher burden and impact in developing nations. a major lacuna in planning preventing protocols is the absence of National Surveillance Systems in most low-middle income countries, which also prevents allocation of resources to the high-priority areas. Among all the HAIs, there is a huge global burden of SSIs, in terms of morbidity, prolonged hospital stays, increased antimicrobial treatment as well as attributable mortality. Method: This manuscript details the process of establishment of an SSI surveillance protocol at a level-1 trauma centre in North India. Result and Conclusion: Surveillance is an essential tool to reduce this burden. It is also an important primary step in recognizing problems and priorities, and it plays a crucial role in identifying risk factors for SSI and to be able to target modifiable risk factors. Therefore, it is imperative to establish reliable systems for surveillance of HAIs, to regularly estimate the actual burden of HAIs, and to use these data for developing indigenous preventive measures, tailored to the country's priorities.






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