Surgical Site Infections

A surgical site infection can occur after a surgical procedure in the area that is operated on. The severity of a surgical site infection can range from superficial to life-threatening.

To ensure the safest care for our patients, Valley Children’s participates and collaborates in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) through the American College of Surgeons where our data for surgical site infections have been ranked among the best in the country.

Valley Children’s has gone beyond the standard recommendations for infection prevention. By adding more elements to the process of care, such as appropriate skin antisepsis and antibiotic re-dosing, we can ensure that kids in the Central Valley have the safe care they deserve. 

Graph showing decreasing rates of surgical site infections from fiscal year 2012 to second quarter fiscal year 2024

Graph displays fiscal year data

What can you do to help:

  • Remind anyone who is around the patient – visitors, medical staff, etc. to clean their hands and sanitize
  • Clean your hands before and after you touch your child
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for incision care
  • Ease into activity

Parents and families are an important part of a child’s care team

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