* Patient, surgery, environmental ID = identify; SSI = surgical site infection
This exhibit is a model for continuous quality improvement in reducing surgical site infections (SSIs). At the top of the diagram is an oval labeled "SSI Rate." An arrow from the SSI rate points rightward and downward to an oval labeled "ID (Infectious Disease) Risk Factors," which are discussed in Task 3. In turn, an arrow points leftward and downward to an oval labeled "Targeted Process Improvement," including: patient, surgery, and environmental factors; improving infectious disease identification; and improved SSI detection. An arrow from this oval points leftward and upward to an oval labeled "Measure Surveillance," which is discussed in Task 2. Finally, an arrow from points rightward and upward to the starting point, the oval labeled "SSI Rate."