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SSI Reduction – Surgical Site Infections

In an effort to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs), health care institutions throughout the nation must implement a continuum of care that begins with perioperative planning and is consistent until the patient arrives home or at another level of care. This requires standardization and it is important that the care delivered at every level is aligned and there is consistency from provider to provider. This activity describes the risk factors and causes of SSIs, the impact on the patient, and guidelines for prevention. It will introduce the concept of High Reliability Organizations (HROs) and how they use systemness to anticipate, detect and respond in a manner that prevents catastrophic consequences. Perioperative personnel will be able to strategize how to promote systemness in their practice setting.


Special Notes

This course was created May 2017. It will expire in 2022.

About the Course

This course is approved for 1 continuing education credits by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing.

This course takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the risk factors and causes of surgical site infections.
  • Identify the types of surgical site infections.
  • Discuss the patient and financial impact of surgical site infections.
  • Describe systemness and why it is important to healthcare.
  • Explain the elements of systemness that help reduce SSIs.

About the Author

Rose Moss, MN, RN, CNOR and Kim Haines, BSN, RN, Certified OR Nurse

Kim Haines is the Vice President of Clinical Resources for Perioperative Consulting Services at Medline Industries, Inc. Kim Haines has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University and been a Registered Nurse with an Operating Room Certification for 25 years. The last 15 years, her clinical career transitioned to the Healthcare Industry Business with Medline Industries, INC. Kim served in the Canadian Armed Forces in the Army Reserves for 4 years as a Medical Assistant. Prior to her business industry experience, Kim worked in Oncology, Cardiac Care Intensive Care Unit/post Cath Lab as well as various operating room roles from staff circulating/scrubbing, Team Lead in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Interim OR Manager for an Ambulatory Surgery Center for 10 years. Kim currently has five operating room product design patents with several pending patent approval. Kim also has been lean certified from the Kaizen Institute.

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