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 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 82 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12262-019-01972-7
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.394-401
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: No


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.