Washington Hospital Quality
A service of the Washington State Hospital Association

What is this?

An infection that happens after a person has had heart surgery. Lower is better.

Why this matters?

Infections can be really bad for patients, creating the need for more surgery or other treatments. Infections can be prevented if proper precautions are taken.

Technical Description

Surgical site infection as a result of procedures on the heart; includes valves or septum; does not include coronary artery bypass graft, surgery on vessels, heart transplantation, or pacemaker implantation per 100 procedures as defined by NHSN: http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/pscManual/9pscSSIcurrent.pdf?agree=yes&next=Accept