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Evidence to Improve Care

Surgical Site Infections

Care in All Settings: Prevention, Identification, and Care Coordination


This quality standard addresses care for people of all ages who have a surgical procedure that requires an incision (a cut through the skin). The standard identifies what can be done to prevent a surgical site infection when a surgery is planned; however, many of the statements also apply to unplanned or emergency surgeries when decisions are made quickly. The standard outlines the best methods for communication among patients, family members, caregivers, and the health care team; it does not address specific treatment modalities. It applies to care for people in all settings where surgical care is provided and surgical wounds are managed, including acute care, primary care, emergency departments, hospital outpatient care, home and community care, rehabilitation, and long-term care.

This quality standard was completed in March 2023.

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