How-to Guide: Prevent Surgical Site Infections

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA​

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How-to Guide: Prevent Surgical Site Infections. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2012. (Available at

This How-to Guide describes key evidence-based care components for preventing surgical site infections, describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement. The guide was initially developed as part of IHI's 5 Million Lives Campaign.

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