AHRQ-funded report shows promise in detecting surgical site infections
Research Activities, November 2012, No. 387
A new report explores ways to enhance the detection and surveillance of inpatient-acquired surgical site infections. The report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Improving the Measurement of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Risk Stratification and Outcome Detection, focuses on the development and testing of a computer-assisted algorithm for retrospective assessment of medical records, laboratory test results, and demographic data to identify patients with potential surgical site infections. The algorithm was able to flag the records of patients who were most likely to have an SSI, reducing the workload of the human record reviewers and creating significant resource savings.