Cardiac (Heart Operations)

Heart surgery patients are at a proportionally higher risk of developing an infection due to the generally poorer health associated with cardiac illness. Due to this, Cardiac Teams concentrate especially on infection prevention initiatives.

Infection rates for cardiac surgery at Blackrock Clinic are significantly below International benchmark.


Year Rate of overall surgical site infection (SSI) following cardiac surgery
2009 5.9%
2010 4.7%
2011 4.6%
2012 2.9%
2013 2.9%
2014 3.5%
2015 2.7%