No Fanning: Decreasing the Incidence of Surgical Site Infection
Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Special Issue: 2012 Convention Proceedings
Volume 41, Issue s1, page S19, June 2012
How to Cite
Andrews, B. and Petrosino, S. M. (2012), No Fanning: Decreasing the Incidence of Surgical Site Infection. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: S19. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01359_20.x
- Issue online: 14 JUN 2012
- Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2012
- surgical site infection;
- wound infection;
- decreasing infection rates
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.
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.