Indexed on: 04 Oct '14Published on: 04 Oct '14Published in: AJIC - American Journal of Infection Control
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a threat to patient safety. However, there are no available data on SSI rates stratified by surgical procedure (SP) in Colombia.From January 2008-December 2010, a prospective surveillance study on SSIs was conducted by the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) in 4 hospitals in 4 cities within Colombia using the definitions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-National Healthcare Safety Network (CDC-NHSN). SPs were classified into 10 types, according to ICD-9 criteria.We recorded 193 SSIs associated with 5,063 SPs. SSI rates per type of SP were the following, compared with INICC and CDC-NHSN rates, respectively: 9.1% for laminectomy (vs 1.7% and 1.0%), 8.3% for cardiac surgery (vs 5.6% and 1.3%), 3.9% for appendix surgery (vs 2.9% and 1.4%), 5.5% for abdominal hysterectomy (vs 2.7% and 1.6%), 4.4% for prostate surgery (vs 2.1% and 1.2%), 4.5% for spleen surgery (vs 5.6% and 2.3%), 4.3% for vaginal hysterectomy (vs 2.0% and 0.9%), and 3.0% for gallbladder surgery (vs 2.5% and 0.6%).Compared with CDC-NHSN rates, SSIs rates in our study hospitals were higher in most types of SPs, whereas compared with INICC, they were similar in 5 of the analyzed types, and higher in 4 types. This study represents an important advance toward knowledge of epidemiology in Colombia that will allow us to introduce targeted interventions.