Each year, surgical site infections (SSIs) ravage patients and our healthcare system. The amount of pain, suffering, and money lost each year to a mostly preventable complication places a great deal of strain on our already fragile healthcare system. In the following paragraphs, sound, quantifiable data is presented indicating the effectiveness of closing bundles. While no "one size fits all" bundle can be recommended, the evidence presented suggests that using additional evidence-based interventions in surgical patients' care drastically lowers SSI rates. The need for future research revolves around tailoring bundles to meet the needs of individual patients. No two patients are identical despite their disease process, so a blanket bundle for all surgical patients is unlikely. Instead, future research regarding bundles that meet individual patients' needs and that are realistic to each institution is required.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Tucker, James G., "A Narrative Review of Closing Bundles to Prevent Surgical Site Infections" (2021). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 128.