The Need

Surgical infections kill millions

Surgical infections kill millions of men, women and children in the world’s poorest nations. The World Health Organization states that "a global movement to promote a system-wide approach to safer surgical care could save the lives of millions of people worldwide."

As many as one in four surgeries in remote hospitals and clinics result in death due to post-surgical infection. In the United States, the medical enzymes used to clean instruments make infection a rarity. Sadly, this is not true in less industrialized regions of the world.

According to Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, Technical Lead for the Clean Care is Safer Care program at the World Health Organization (WHO), “One in three patients having surgery in some settings with limited resources becomes infected. Solutions exist, and the time to act is now. The cost of delay is even more lives tragically lost.”