Our Approach

The Problem

SSI cycle

Surgical site infection (SSI) is a major healthcare burden. The consequences are both morbid and costly, with pain, advanced wound care treatments, lengthened hospital stay, and increased risk of re-admission, re-operation, and even death. On a per-case basis, SSI costs an average of $20,842 to treat, and increases hospital stay by 9.7 days.8 Annually, over 900,000 additional days of hospital care are expended treating SSI, limiting providers’ capacity to admit and treat new patients and generate revenue. These forces create a strong incentive for providers and payers to reduce infection rates. These incentives are further intensified by the structural changes in healthcare associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mandating public reporting of infection rates and implementing reimbursement penalties for providers with high infection rates.

While 2-5% of patients undergoing inpatient surgery will develop SSI, Prescient Surgical is initially focused on high-risk abdominal GI surgeries such as colorectal surgery, where 18-26% of patients will develop SSI.


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