Perception of Surgical Teams Towards Surgical Site Infections in Tertiary Care Hospital Islamabad, Pakistan

Khan F. U. , Khan Z., Rehman A. U. , Rabbi F., Ahmed N., Fang Y.

INDIAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY, vol.82, no.3, pp.394-401, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 82 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12262-019-01972-7
  • Title of Journal : INDIAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.394-401


This study aimed to evaluate the perception of surgical teams (doctors) towards surgical site infections (SSIs). A cross-sectional study was carried out in a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan. The questionnaire was completed by 85 surgical team doctors (n = 110) (response rate >= 77%). The respondent perception of SSIs was found significant. Patient hospitalization, care of the patient in the ward, intrinsic and extrinsic factors, assessment of malnutrition, a therapy protocol, inappropriate parameters, criteria of KUNIN, pathological examination, the total length of stay, and rational antibiotics prophylaxis (95% CIp < 0.05) are considered responsible variables for the incidence of SSIs. The obesity and the factors related to the ventilation of operating room (95% CIp < 0.05) are counted insignificant for SSI. The internal consistency for the questionnaire's scale and each factor subscale was good fit (overall = 0.8, each,alpha >= 0.07). Surgeons' perspective has shown that the associated risk factors and treatment outcomes of surgical patients may have a direct association with the incidence of SSIs.