SSI adds $3-10 billion to the cost of healthcare, with direct medical costs ranging from $11,087 to $34,670 per infection.1, 2, 3

2-5% of patients undergoing inpatient surgery will develop SSI. In high-risk abdominal surgeries such as colorectal surgery, 18-26% of patients will develop SSI.4, 5, 6

SSI patients spend an additional 7-10 days in the hospital, and are 5 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital.2, 5, 7

Reducing SSI is a national priority, evidenced by the emergence of public reporting requirements and reimbursement penalties.

Prescient Surgical—fully dedicated to reducing
the risk of surgical site infections (SSI).


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3Mahmoud NN, Turpin RS, Yang G, Saunders WB. Impact of surgical site infections on length of stay and costs in selected colorectal procedures. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2009 Dec;10(6):539-44.

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