Question - What causes a surgical site infection?

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Surgical site infections may be caused by endogenous or exogenous microorganisms. Most SSIs are caused by endogenous microorganisms present on the patient's skin when the surgical incision is made. Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus are the most common causative skin-dwelling microorganisms. Causes and risk factors of surgical site infections Infections after surgery are caused by germs. The most common of these include the bacteria Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Pseudomonas. Use Basic Prevention Strategies from Category IA Center for Disease Control Recommendations Exclude patients with prior infections. Stop patient tobacco use prior to surgery. Apply sterile dressing for 24–48 hr. Shower with antiseptic soap. Provide positive pressure ventilation in OR with at least 15 air changes/hr. A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. Surgical site infections can sometimes be superficial infections involving the skin only. Yes. Most surgical site infections can be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic given to you depends on the bacteria (germs) causing the infection. Sometimes patients with SSIs also need another surgery to treat the infection.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119161551.htm

SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections, accounting for 20 percent of all hospital-acquired infections. They occur in an estimated 2 percent to 5 percent of patients undergoing inpatient surgery.

https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patient-information/infection/Monitoring-surgical-wound

When do these infections develop? A surgical wound infection can develop at any time from 2-3 days after surgery until the wound has visibly healed (usually 2-3 weeks after the operation). Very occasionally, an infection can occur several months after an operation.

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007645.htm

Treatment Open the wound by removing the staples or sutures. Do tests of the pus or tissue in the wound to figure out if there is an infection and what kind of antibiotic medicine would work best. Debride the wound by removing dead or infected tissue in the wound. Rinse the wound with salt water (saline solution)

https://www.verywellhealth.com/signs-and-symptoms-of-an-infection-3156917

Symptoms of an Infected Surgical Incision Hot incision: An infected incision may feel hot to the touch. The incision itself may begin to appear swollen or puffy as well. Redness: An incision that gets red, or has red streaks radiating from it to the surrounding skin may be infected.

https://www.woundsource.com/blog/8-signs-wound-infection

Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with a wound infection: Fever of Over 101. Feeling of Overall Malaise. Green, Cloudy (Purulent) or Malodorous Drainage. Increasing or Continual Pain from Wound. Redness Around Wound. Swelling of Wounded Area. Hot Skin Near Wound. Loss of Function and Movement.

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/188988-treatment

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Operation Expected Pathogens Recommended Antibiotic Vascular surgery S aureus, Staphylococcusepidermidis, gram-negative bacilli Cefazolin 1-2 g Head and neck surgery S aureus, streptococci, anaerobes and streptococci present in an oropharyngeal approach Cefazolin 1-2 g

https://advancedtissue.com/2019/03/how-to-recognize-the-signs-of-wound-infection/

How to recognize the signs of wound infection Increased or continued pain. If your wound is healing properly, the pain should gradually subside. Fever. An infected wound may have localized fever, meaning it feels significantly warmer than surrounding areas. Feeling unwell. Swelling. Redness. Draining pus. Restricted movement.

https://www.eloquesthealthcare.com/2018/07/11/financial-impact-of-surgical-site-infections-ssis/

While costs of an SSI vary widely based on the degree of infection and the site of surgery, the estimated average cost of an SSI can be more than $25, 000, increasing to more than $90, 000 if the SSI involves a prosthetic implant. Overall, SSIs cost the US healthcare system an estimated $3. 5 to $10 billion annually.

http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/epidemiology-surveillance/fighting-surgical-site-infections

The most common microorganisms causing surgical site infection are Staphylococcus aureus (20 percent), Coagulase negative staphylococcus (14 percent) and enterococcus (12 percent).

https://www.infectiousdiseaseadvisor.com/home/decision-support-in-medicine/hospital-infection-contro

Surgical site infections may be caused by endogenous or exogenous microorganisms. Most SSIs are caused by endogenous microorganisms present on the patient's skin when the surgical incision is made. Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus are the most common causative skin-dwelling microorganisms.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/196271

Types of infection include bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoan, parasitic, and prion disease. They are classified by the type of organism causing the infection.

https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_r9o0ezil

Surgical site infections are fairly common after an operation. Even with the sterile environment and clean tools, infections can happen. These infections can be treatable and are fairly low risk if they are dealt with quickly.

https://www.healthline.com/health/signs-of-infection-after-surgery

Symptoms of infection after surgery redness and swelling at the incision site. drainage of yellow or cloudy pus from the incision site. fever.

https://www.healthline.com/health/infected-stitches

Most cases of infected stitches can be successfully treated with a topical or oral antibiotic with no long-term effects. If you notice that your stitches have become red, swollen, more painful, or are oozing pus or blood, see your doctor.