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APIC’s 2019 Virtual Conference


FRI01 - SSI Prevention Strategies: IP in the OR


Dec 12, 2019 11:40am ‐ Dec 12, 2019 12:40pm

Description

The human and financial costs of treating surgical site infections (SSIs) are increasing. The number of surgical procedures performed in the U.S. continues to rise, and surgical patients are initially seen with increasingly complex co-morbidities. It is estimated that approximately half of SSIs are deemed preventable using evidence-based strategies. There are specific requirements to minimize the spread of microorganisms and maintain sterility in the operating room (OR) environment. This presentation will review the challenges and issues as well as guidelines and standards affecting the OR setting. You will learn:

  • New and updated evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of SSI
  • How to identify activities in the OR that increase SSI risk
  • Understand OR challenges for IP
  • Understand updates from recent SSI guidelines

Speaker(s):

  • Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease; Medical Director of Occupational Health for Barnes Jewish and St. Louis Children’s, Washington University School of Medicine; BJC Health Care
  • Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, Clinical Instructor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina

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