Surgical Site Infections (SSI)
A surgical site infection, or SSI, is an infection that a person may acquire after having surgery. The infection occurs in the part of the body where the surgery was performed. SSIs can be superficial infections, involving the skin only, or can be more serious and involve tissues under the skin, organs, or implanted material.
- CDC SSI webpage
- Frequently Asked Questions about SSIs
- CDC Guidelines for Prevention, 2017
- Strategies to Prevent SSIs in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update
- What You Should Know Before Your Surgery
Page reviewed and updated: October 2021