Brief report| Volume 41, ISSUE 12, P1293-1295, December 2013

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A survey to examine patient awareness, knowledge, and perceptions regarding the risks and consequences of surgical site infections

      We surveyed patients to determine awareness and knowledge regarding risks and consequences of and prevention of surgical site infection (SSI), and we found that 26% of respondents thought that education for SSI prevention could be improved and that 16% could not recall discussing SSI risks and prevention with a health care worker at all. Only 60% of patients recalled receiving an informational flyer in the hospital. Our results show that better educational and engagement interventions incorporating patient preferences are needed to promote awareness and patient engagement regarding SSI prevention.

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