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Surgical Site Infections (SSIs)

Preventing Surgical Site Infections

In a majority of surgical procedures, the skin is cut to gain entry under the skin. The cut, known as an incision, breaks our body’s first line of defense against infection. When there is a break in the body’s defense, the risk for bacteria to enter the body and cause an infection increases.

The goal of the The North Shore-LIJ Health System is to reduce and eliminate surgical site infections associated with surgical procedures performed in an ambulatory or in-patient setting. The Health System is dedicated to minimizing the risk of infection associated with surgical procedures. The following is a list of infection prevention measures that have been implemented and are monitored to ensure continuous improvement:

  1. Administering antibiotics specific to the surgical procedure within 1 hour of the incision
  2. Removal of hair at the surgical procedure site with a clipper when necessary
  3. Keeping the sugar level in the blood at a certain range in cardiac procedures
  4. Maintenance of body temperature for select procedures involving the large intestine/colon 
  5. Preparing the patients skin prior to the incision 

Surgical Site Infection Rate for Select Surgical Procedures*

All NSLIJ Hospitals Combined Individual NSLIJ Hospitals 2012 2013 2014
Forest Hills Hospital 0.75 1.78 0.00
Franklin Hospital 0.90 0.00 0.00
Glen Cove Hospital: The Mildred and Frank Feinberg Campus 0.66 0.23 0.00
Huntington Hospital 1.34 1.72 0.59
Lenox Hill 1.53 1.37 1.04
Long Island Jewish Medical Center 2.24 1.95 1.83
North Shore University Hospital: The Sandra Atlas Bass Campus 2.91 2.20 1.53
Plainview Hospital 2.47 1.49 3.64
Southside Hospital 1.76 2.26 2.33
Staten Island University Hospital 2.10 2.43 0.81
Syosset Hospital 1.77 0.88 0.00

 *Decrease is favorable.
2014 data includes January-March 2014.
Data is submitted and verified every 90 days.
Data as of June 05, 2014
Data source: NHSN

Surgical Site Infection Rates includes hip, knee, colon, hysterectomy, and cardiac procedures.


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