How UTSW Handles Patient Safety – Surgical Site Infections from Colon Surgery

Why Is This Important?

Complications after surgery are a risk for every surgical procedure. Infection at the site of the surgery is one of the leading causes of healthcare associated infections. A surgical site is an easy way for germs to enter the body so healthcare providers need to be extremely careful when dealing with the surgical site area. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended steps to follow to prevent a surgical site infection.

Surgical Infections from Colon Surgery

Surgical site infections from colon surgery

What does This Graph Show?

A lower rate indicates a hospital has fewer infections. This graph illustrates the UT Southwestern composite for surgical site infections of the colon compared with average for U.S. hospitals. UTSW has a quality improvement program to reduce surgical infections. This program has significantly reduced this infection rate over the past year.