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From October 2013 through to March 2014, the campaign highlighted and promoted some of the Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Programme’s key SSI prevention interventions to increase awareness and encourage practice improvements.

Interventions highlighted by the campaign included:

  • the SSI surveillance process
  • appropriate use of prophylactic antibiotics (pre-, intra- and postoperatively): Right time, right drug, right dose
  • appropriate skin preparation
  • clipping rather than shaving the surgical site.

From October to March there were a range of activities and resources associated with each of the key interventions. The campaign team worked closely with the Surgical Site Infection Programme team, DHB SSI champions and regional campaign groups to determine which promotions DHBs wanted to take part in.

For more information about healthcare associated infections, see the infection prevention and control section of Health Quality & Safety Commission's website.