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Keywords:

  • surgical site infection;
  • wound infection;
  • decreasing infection rates

Poster Presentation

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Purpose for the Program

To increase knowledge and implement changes in clinical practice that reduces the incidence of preventable surgical site infections in our obstetric unit.

Proposed Change

To reduce the incidence of preventable surgical site infections.

Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation

Evidence-based resources were used to develop a program that focused on staff and patient education and specific changes in clinical practice. Our strategies for implementation included the use of several venues for education; techniques to ensure effective communications related to the practice changes; and the securing of support from staff nurses, surgical technicians, nurse managers, the director of maternal child health, the chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and the infection prevention specialists.

As a result of our efforts, we have seen a dramatic reduction in the number of preventable surgical site infections. The incidence of surgical site infections continues to be monitored and each case is reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians.

Implications for Nursing Practice

Prevention of infection is an important aspect of the care we provide for our surgical patients. Maintaining a low surgical site infection rate ensures a decrease in pain and discomfort, a reduced risk of long-term sequelae, and a lowered financial strain for the patient and her family.