Reducing surgical site infections allows for a tremendous reduction in healthcare costs, reduces length of hospital stay, decreases hospital readmissions, and promotes patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that surgical site infections have a 3% mortality rate and 75% of all surgical site infection-related deaths are directly attributable to the surgical site infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). With millions of surgeries being performed every year, the reduction of surgical site infections enhances patient safety and ensures the protection of the public. Currently, no standard protocol exists for skin preparation beyond the parameters of maintaining sterile technique throughout the skin preparation, patient allergies, and surgeon preference. To accurately assess one type of skin solution over another, one must ensure the technique used to sterilely prepare the patient is consistently being performed correctly. This encompasses the use of education in evidence-based practice and requires the input and commitment of educators and stakeholders throughout the process.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Master's in Nursing-Administration
Schacherer, Jennifer, "Reducing Surgical Site Infections Through Combination Skin Preparation: A Benchmark Study" (2021). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 136.