Appropriate skin preparation of both surgeon’s hands and patient’s surgical site
Surgical site infections are a common and devastating complication of surgery. In low- and middle-income countries, surgical patients are twice as likely to suffer from an infection than patients undergoing surgery in the United States.¹
The Lifebox Clean Cut program reduces surgical infection by strengthening adherence to six key infection prevention practices. A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that occurs in the part of the body where surgery took place and can lead to serious complications and death.
Clean Cut has demonstrated a 35% infection reduction in all surgical patients – with results published in the British Journal of Surgery.² Data showing the lasting impact of Clean Cut were published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery with hospitals maintaining improvements in compliance with all six program infection prevention standards – demonstrating the program’s impact and sustainability.³
Most importantly, for scalability across low- and middle-income countries, Clean Cut requires no major investments in new infrastructure or resources.
Lifebox is scaling Clean Cut across multiple sites and contexts, implementing the program in Bolivia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Malawi, and Madagascar, and adapting the program to improve the safety of cesarean sections, cleft surgeries, and long bone fracture.