Solving a Mysterious Rise in Surgical Site Infections: A 3M Safety in Practice Third-Party Assessment Customer Experience

  • Challenge:

    The hospital was experiencing an alarming rise in SSIs, particularly in total joint replacement cases. Internal investigations had failed to find definitive causes.


    By implementing recommendations based on a 3M on-site audit of OR practices, the hospital was able to:

    • Reduce the overall SSI rate by 30%
    • Total elimination of SSIs in total joint replacement procedures

    Case Study Includes:

    Key facility findings, identification of key priorities, clarification of national guidelines, responsibility identification, change management

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