A Multidisciplinary Infection Control Bundle to Reduce the Number of Spinal Cord Stimulator Infections

Erlangga Yusuf, Sven Bamps, Bénédicte Thüer, Jan Mattheussen, Jean-Paul Ursi, Elke Del Biondo, Kris de Smedt, Raf Van Paesschen, Dirk Berghmans, Kaat Hofkens, Jef Van Schaeren, Tony van Havenbergh, Bruno Van Herendael

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of a quality improvement project that resulted in an infection control bundle to reduce the number of spinal cord stimulator (SCS) infections.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed in a single center for neuromodulation from January 1, 2014, through May 31, 2016. In response to a high number of surgical site infections (SSIs) after SCS surgery, a multidisciplinary team analyzed the surgical process and developed an infection prevention bundle consisting of five items: 1) showering and decolonization for five days prior to surgery and showering in the hospital on the morning of surgery; 2) performing the SCS implantation as the first in the daily operating room (OR) program; 3) maintaining a minimal number of people in the OR; 4) providing home care nurses with a folder with SCS wound care instructions including pictures; 5) giving oral specific wound care instructions to patients. The number of infections was calculated for the baseline, implementation, and sustainability phases.

RESULTS: A total of 410 SCS surgeries were performed during the study period. In the preintervention phase, 26/249 (10.4%) SCS surgeries were infected. During the implementation and sustainability phase, 2/59 (3.4%) and 1/102 (1.0%) SCS surgeries were infected, respectively. The reduction in the number of infections in pre and postintervention phase was statistically significant (p = 0.003).

CONCLUSION: Multidisciplinary measures to reduce SSIs reduced the number of SCS associated infections in our study setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
JournalNeuromodulation : journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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