Reductions in Surgical Site Infections at University of Tennessee Medical Center

July 3, 2013

Today in Healthbeat, and in Tennessee reports on the use of Project JOINTS for reducing the risk of surgical site infections (SSI) after hip or knee replacements at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  As cited in the article, thumb Dr. Brian Tonne stated the Center’s infection rate for knee and hip replacements was previously two-percent.  Following the implementation of Project Joint’s recommendations, stomach “it has dropped to approximately point-five percent.”

Project JOINTS (Joining Organizations IN Tackling SSIs) is an initiative aimed at spreading evidence-based practices to prevent SSIs after hip and knee replacement surgery.

The initiative is funded by the federal government.  The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) provides participating organizations with free tools, resources, and special support for implementing recommended practices.

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