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New ‘State of the Nation’ report calls for urgent action to drive down surgical site infection rates

Released on - 09/12/2020

New ‘State of the Nation’ report calls for urgent action to drive down surgical site infection rates

New ‘State of the Nation’ report calls for urgent action to drive down surgical site infection rates

Urgent action is required to reduce the devastating impact of surgical site infections in the UK, a report released today has found. ‘Time to Act: A State of the Nation report on Surgical Site Infections in the UK’ provides a first-of-its-kind investigation into surgical site infections (SSIs). 

  • 1 in 20 patients who undergo a surgical procedure in the NHS contract an SSI 
  • An SSI is estimated to cost the NHS between £10,000  to £100,000 per patient
  • Yet 60% of infections are preventable  
  • The report recommends creating a Preventable Infections Taskforce and setting clear and deliverable targets to reduce SSIs across all surgical specialties 

You can read the press release below and access the report at this link. 

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