We embark on ensuring that patients are cared for in a clean environment and reduce the risk of Healthcare associated infections.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board takes the safety of our patients very seriously. That means doing everything we can to reduce the risk of anyone acquiring an infection while they are in our care. Infection prevention is regarded as everyone’s business, and the Health Board/NHS Trust is committed to supporting staff in preventing infections.
Most patients who have surgery recover well. However, occasionally patients may get an infection. A surgical wound infection occurs when germs from the skin or the environment enter the incision (cut) that the surgeon makes through the skin in order to carry out the operation. A surgical wound infection can develop at any time from two to three days after surgery until the wound has healed (usually two to three weeks after the operation). Less frequently, and infection can occur several months after an operation. Infections after surgery can lead to other problems, such as a longer stay in hospital.