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Surgical site infection (SSI): guidance, data and analysis

PHE helps hospitals record incidents of surgical site infection (SSI), to help improve surgical practice and prevent further infections.

A surgical site is the incision or cut in the skin made by a surgeon to carry out a surgical procedure, and the tissue handled or manipulated during the procedure.

A surgical site infection occurs when micro-organisms get into the part of the body that has been operated on and multiply in the tissues.

PHE helps hospitals record incidents of surgical site infection (SSI), to help improve surgical practice and prevent further infections.

Epidemiology

Annual reports on SSI from 2011 and earlier are available from the health protection website archive.

  1. Surgical site infections (SSI) surveillance: NHS hospitals in England

    • Research and analysis

Diagnosis

  1. AMRHAI reference unit: reference and diagnostic services

    • Detailed guide