To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of surgical site infection was in each quarter since October 1997, broken down by category of surgical procedure.
Cumulative data from the Health Protection Agency's (HPA) voluntary reporting scheme for surgical site infection are published annually. The following table covers the period October 1997 to December 2003.
|Surgical procedure||Rate of SSI||95 per cent. confidence limit lower-upper|
|Bile duct, liver, or pancreatic surgery||11.3||7.1–17.1|
|Coronary artery bypass graft||4.3||4.0–4.6|
|Total hip replacement||2.2||2.1–2.4|
|Large bowel surgery||9.3||8.8–9.9|
|Open reduction of fracture||3.8||3.3–4.3|
|Small bowel surgery||10.1||8.5–11.9|
HPA Communicable Disease Report (CDR) Weekly 2004, volume 14, 21,
The mandatory reporting scheme for orthopaedic surgical site infections was introduced in April 2004 and the first year's data will be published later this year.