Procedure-associated (PA) module
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

Patients undergoing surgical procedures are at an increased risk of infectious complications. Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) following operative procedures are well documented sequelae, and can result in extended hospital stays, increased morbidity, and increased healthcare costs. In one publication, it was estimated that over 8 percent of the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that were associated with deaths in the United States were SSIs.

Post Procedure Pneumonias (PPPs) can also develop in patients postoperatively. Postoperative reduction in lung inflation, challenge to a patient’s immune system, and side effects of prescribed medications can all impact a patient’s ability to resist infection and a PPP can result in the same negative consequences of illness, increased cost and death.