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What is the SSI Prevention Analytic Accelerator?

The SSI Prevention Analytic Accelerator supports a disciplined, data-driven approach to efforts aimed at lowering SSI rates and thereby improving patient outcomes and reducing hospital length of stay, readmissions, and costs. Typical implementations focus on adherence to perioperative best practices for SSI prevention and visibility into variation of SSI case counts across locations, patient cohorts, procedures, and providers.

Organizations typically choose to focus on SSI prevention for these reasons:

  • SSIs are common—and costly. The CDC continues to list SSI among the most common hospital-acquired infections. And despite advances in infection control practices, it remains a substantial driver of mortality, morbidity, prolonged hospitalization, and excess cost.
  • Providers need feedback to help reduce SSI risk. To reduce SSIs, the CDC and quality improvement associations promote surveillance of SSI with feedback of appropriate data to providers caring for patients before, during, and after surgery.

SSI Prevention Benefits and Features

Access an at-a-glance, near real-time view of clinical outcomes and the care practices that drive them.

The Performance dashboard visualizes outcome metrics (e.g., SSI rate and count) in relation to adherence to infection-control practices such as pre-op antimicrobials, glucose management, CHG skin prep, thermoregulation, etc.

Rapidly identify, analyze, and improve.

The SSI dashboard allows you to compare performance across different patient groups by surgeon, OR room, procedure, etc., further increasing your ability to uncover the “why” behind SSIs and the “where” to focus improvement efforts.

SSI Prevention Use Cases

  • An executive is concerned: her healthcare system has incurred CMS penalties for each of the previous three years, and their high CAUTI rate is a key driver. The system has already begun improvement work—they implemented standard catheter insertion and maintenance bundles—but now the executive has asked an Inpatient Nurse Manager to do more. The manager uses the CAUTI analytic accelerator to gauge the effectiveness of the provider education on the new bundles and to determine staff compliance with all metrics in the bundle. She is also able to see which bundle elements staff are most/least likely to comply with, and in which departments compliance is best and worst. These insights help her devise a plan for further targeted interventions for improvement.
  • An Infection Preventionist uses the CAUTI accelerator every day to review data on patients with indwelling urinary catheters and their number of days of catheterization, number of days since surgery (if applicable), medical service, unit, absolute neutrophil value (ANC) on that day, indication for catheter, and bundle compliance on each of the previous three days (maintenance and insertion). This helps her identify patients at higher risk for CAUTI and work with the unit nurses to remove catheters when no longer indicated and improve compliance with bundle elements.