Solutions for Surgical Site Infections

Help Protect Patients at Every Step.

People have surgery to get better—not sicker. Yet almost 1 in every 50 surgical patients ends up with an infection.1 Prevention is possible, but only when best practices are consistently used from pre-op to post-op.2 Our experts worked with clinicians nationwide to develop systems and products for standardizing evidence-based protocols and reducing variance.

The goal: prevention above all.


Discover how one health system is using our program to achieve their SSI goals.

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No Missed Steps.

Our anti-infection resources address each step in the surgical experience—from pre-admission to post-discharge care—to help lower the risk of SSIs and improve patient safety.

Pre-Surgery Patient Engagement System


Patient Engagement System

Gives patients everything they need for early skin cleansing at home.

Intra-Operative Color-Coded, Sterilized Surgical Closure Kit


Color-Coded, Sterilized Surgical Closure Kit

Helps standardize the closing process to lower SSI risk factors.

Post-Operative Wound Dressings


Wound Dressings

Provide an antimicrobial barrier over incision sites.

Post-Surgery Patient Engagement System Discharge Kit


Patient Engagement System Discharge Kit

Supplies patients with the tools and education to take care of their incision.

Pre-Surgery Patient Engagement System

Ready. Set. Prep.

Best practices for reducing the risk of SSIs recommend patients shower with an antiseptic agent.3,4,5 But how do you ensure adherence? Our system combines products and multimedia resources to help standardize practice, drive patient compliance and lower the chance of infection.

  • Ensures the proper products are on hand and used correctly
  • Offers a full-featured patient-engagement program through emmi
  • Creates a consistent patient experience
  • Can be customized with your preferred products and brand assets

40% to 80% of the information patients hear in consultation is forgotten immediately.6   Find out how to help them follow doctor’s orders.

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Ready. Set. Prep.

System includes:

 Effective products

Effective products

  • CHG body wash & shower mitt
  • Sand timer
  • Consumer-friendly instructions
  • Laminated shower card with suction hook
emmi technology-based resources

emmi technology-based resources

Flexible delivery

Flexible delivery

  • Hospitals
  • Patient home delivery
  • Pre-op clinics
  • Physician offices
  • Surgery centers

Pre-Surgery Nasal and Oral Antiseptic Cleansing Kit

Medline - Nasal Swabs

Ready. Set. Care.

Fight pre-operative bacteria — including Staphylococcus aureus — the most common bacteria associated with surgical site infections (SSIs)8 with our new Ready. Set. Care. Nasal & Oral Antiseptic Cleansing Kit.  The kit includes:

Antiseptic Nasal Swabs

  • Pre-saturated with 10% povidone-iodine
  • Reduces 99.4% of Staph aureus inside the nose for up to 12 hours9
  • Unlike antibiotics, povidone-iodine has not been shown to develop bacterial resistance10 and using it helps promote antibiotic stewardship

CHG Oral Rinse

  • Includes a bottle of Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) 0.12%
  • Includes one super soft toothbrush, DenTips® dental swab and a plastic medicine cup

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Pre-Surgery Skin Antiseptic Solutions

ReadyPrep CHG Pre-Saturated 2% CHG Cloths.

New ReadyPrepCHG, a large pre-saturated 2% CHG cloth, can help reduce the risk of SSIs by decolonizing the skin in a simple and standardized way. ReadyPrepCHG can help you overcome the challenges of pre-operative skin prep to deliver an antiseptic agent consistently, safely and effectively.

Here’s how:

  • Large cloth – 68% larger than the market leader
  • Continued efficacy – Reduces microorganisms on the skin for up to 6 hours after application*
  • Consistent application – Each cloth contains 500 mg of CHG to help reduce bacteria that can cause SSIs and helps promote consistent application when instructions are followed directly.
  • Killing efficacy – Rapid kill time against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. Kills Staphylococcus aureus and other SSI-causing bacteria.**

ReadyPrepCHG also has a long shelf life which can help you reduce waste and save more money.

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*In vivo testing on file
**In vitro testing on file

Intra-Operative Color-Coded, Sterilized Surgical Closure Kit

Ready. Set. Close.

Uncoordinated closing activities and breaks in the sterile field increase the risk of wound contamination.7 Our innovative colored-coded, sterilized surgical closure kit helps ensure consistent aseptic technique by standardizing the process.

  • Gives surgical team new gowns, gloves, supplies and instruments prior to suturing the patient
  • Has a distinctive color that clearly differentiates sterile from contaminated” items
  • Creates dual table setup (operative and closure), ensuring clean and “dirty” disposable items are kept separate
  • Follows AORN Guidelines to establish a Sterile Technique7
  • Available in standard or customized versions

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Ready. Set. Close.

Intra-Operative Point of Use Cleaning Kit

Stop the Burden

All instruments that are opened on a sterile field, regardless if they were used, should properly be cleaned prior to transportation for decontamination. Failing to care for instruments at the point of use on the sterile field may result in serious outcomes: placing patients at increased risk for infection of causing potential infection outbreaks11.

Our comprehensive solution, Stop the Burden, standardizes the cleaning process by ensuring instruments are wiped at point of use

  • Prevents blood, debris, or bodily fluids from drying on used instruments
  • Follows Joint Commission 02.02.01 guidelines of reducing risk of infections associated with medical equipment and supplies
  • Available in standard or customized versions

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Post-Operative Wound Dressings

Ready. Set. Protect.

Ready. Set. Protect.

Nearly 2% of us will get an SSI.1 Why so many? One cause is inconsistent wound management.7 Take control with Optifoam Gentle Ag+, our most advanced antimicrobial post-op dressing.

  • Ionic silver provides antimicrobial barrier over incision sites6
  • Sustains antimicrobial protection for up to 7 days
  • Dressing absorbs and retains exudate
  • Can manage repeated bacteria introduction
  • Acts as both a primary and secondary dressing
  • Flexible dressing moves with patient for optimal comfort and protection

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Post-Surgery Patient Engagement System Discharge Kit

Ready. Set. Recover.

As patients recover from surgery, they need consistent guidance and support to help prevent complications and heal quickly. Our post-surgery discharge kit helps your patients transition from hospital to home. It gives them the tools for wound care, skin cleansing and hand hygiene. Plus provides easy-to-understand instructions for how to use them.

  • Customize with your preferred products
  • Personalize with your brand assets

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Ready. Set. Recover.

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  1. Surgical Site Infection (SS) Event. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at Accessed February 14, 2017.
  2. Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir Orly, et al. Healthcare-Associated Infections: A Meta-Analysis of Costs and Financial Impact on the U.S. Healthcare System. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2039-2046. Available at Accessed February 20, 2017.
  3. Podgorny K, Kumar S. The Joint Commission’s Implementation Guide for NPSG.07.05.01 on Surgical Site Infections: The SSI Change Project. Washington, DC: The Joint Commission; 2013.Available at: Accessed February 13, 2017.
  4. Top CDC Recommendations to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: Accessed February 13, 2017.
  5. Edmiston CE, Okoli O, Graham MB, Sinski S, Seabrook GR. Evidence for using chlorhexidine gluconate preoperative cleansing to reduce the risk of surgical site infection. AORN J. 2010;92(5):509-18. Available at: Accessed February 13, 2017.
  6. Kessels, P. Patients’ Memory for Medical Information. Royal Society of Medicine. 2003;96(5(:219-22. Available at Accessed February 14, 2017.
  7. Reducing Colorectal Surgical Site Infections. Joint Commission for Transforming Heatlhcare. Available at: Accessed February 13, 2017.
  8. Sievert DM, et al. Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens associated with healthcare-associated infections: Summary of data reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2013;34(1):1-14
  9. Data on file.
  10. Houang ET, et al. Absence of bacterial resistance to povidone iodine. Journal of Clinical Pathology. 1976; 29(8):752-755.
  11. Quick Safety Issue 33: Improperly sterilized or HLD equipment — a growing problem.–a-growing-problem/. Accessed May 22, 2017.