You will need to apply the definition for SSI superficial by going down the list of criteria and seeing if all are met. If the criteria are met, it is considered an infection - even if the physician doesn't say it is. However, if the physician says it's an infection - it's an infection, even if it doesn't meet the criteria. There are no "markers" for the surgeon diagnosis (e.g., treatment). Either the infection meets the criteria or it doesn't.