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34 Ways to Stop Colorectal Surgery Infections
Health Leaders Media

When a seven-hospital collaboration tackled colorectal surgical site infections—the second most common type of SSI—the frequency dropped 32%, from 15.8% of patients to 10.7%, and the average length of stay for an infected patient fell from 15 to 13 days.

These hospitals discovered 34 factors that increased the risk of failure and then devised solutions, saving the seven hospitals approximately $3.7 million in care, medication, and other avoided costs. A non-infected colorectal surgical patient usually stays in the hospital about eight days.