Surveillance of surgical site infections in Europe, 2010-2011
Surgical site infections (SSI) are among the most common healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and are associated with longer post-operative hospital stays, additional surgical procedures, treatment in an intensive care unit, and often higher mortality. All patients undergoing surgery are at risk of complications, including SSI. This report presents the results of SSI surveillance in Europe for 2010-2011, as well as the results of trend analysis for 2008-2011. Data for 2010 and 2011 were received from 20 networks in 16 European countries (15 EU Member States and one EEA country) and... included 811 468 surgical operations: 796 495 operations reported using the patient-based protocol and 14 973 (<2%) operations using the unit-based protocol. The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania submitted HAI-Net SSI data (2011) for the first time; Malta expanded the surveillance by including new types of operation.