A new AHRQ report explores ways to enhance the detection and surveillance of hospital- - acquired surgical site infections. The report, Improving the Measurement of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Risk Stratification and Outcome Detection, focuses on the development and testing of a computer-assisted algorithm for retrospective assessment of medical records, laboratory test results, and demographic data to identify patients with potential surgical site infections. The algorithm was able to flag the records that were most likely to report an SSI, reducing reviewers’ workload and creating significant savings. Select to read the report.
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