Surgical site infection (SSI) after colon surgery

Why is this measure important?

Colon surgery is a type of medical procedure in which a doctor cuts into the patient’s body for the purpose of fixing or removing diseased or damaged parts of the colon.
Sometimes the area of the body where the surgery takes place can become infected. This is called a surgical site infection (SSI). SSIs can involve the skin, tissues under the skin, organs, or implanted material. These infections can cause serious problems and even death.
Hospital staff members can prevent most SSIs after colon surgery by following the infection control guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hospitals following these safety guidelines will likely have low numbers in this measure.

What does this measure show?

The score for surgical site infection (SSI) after colon surgery is shown as a Standardized Infection ratio (SIR). This ratio is found by comparing the number of SSIs after colon surgery in patients at Northwestern Memorial to a national benchmark.
Northwestern Memorial’s performance in this measure is placed into one of three categories based on how it compares to the national benchmark.  These categories are:
·         Better than the benchmark
·         No different than the benchmark
·         Worse than the benchmark
Our most recent ratio for SSIs after colon surgery is considered to be no different" than the benchmark. 
For this measure, a lower number is better.
Most Recent Available Data (Standardized Infection Ratio)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 0.87
National Average 1
Source:Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
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