MRSA DECONTAMINATION LOWERS SSI RISK IN ORTHO CASES:
MAR 2015 - A pre-op decontamination protocol involving chlorhexidine gluconate washcloths and intranasal antiseptic ointment limits the risk of surgical site infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in patients undergoing orthopedic procedures involving implants, according to new research published in JAMA Surgery.
INFECTION PREVENTION: REDUCING SSIs IN DIABETICS:
Diabetic patients are more likely than non-diabetics to develop surgical site infections. What can you do to lessen the SSI risk? 4 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Infections in Your Diabetic Patients.
WHICH SKIN PREP IS BEST?:
Properly prepping the skin around the surgical site should be a top priority for OR staff, especially since it's a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-implement infection prevention effort. What we learned from the available evidence on antiseptic preps.
PATIENT SAFETY TOOL: 10 PATIENT SAFETY TOOL CHECKLISTS:
The American Hospital Association's Health Research & Educational Trust offers 10 free patient safety checklists that healthcare organizations can use to improve patient safety and are included in the new report "Checklists to improve patient safety". This guide targets 10 areas of patient harm, including five focusing on infection prevention areas: Catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Central line-associated blood stream infections, Preventable Readmissions, Surgical site infections, and Ventilator-associated pneumonias.
4 STAFF BEHAVIORS THAT HELP LOWER 30-DAY READMISSION RISK:
The study surveyed 30,000 patients hospitalized in the last two years for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia and determined the rates of medical adherence in the patient population, which is linked to 30-day readmission rates.
5 FACTORS THAT REDUCE SSIs:
A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control has identified five interventional areas that decrease the risk of surgical site infections after orthopedic surgery.
3M – STERILE U - PREPARING FOR A JOINT COMMISSION SURVEY:
3M Self study activity to focus improvement activities to prepare for a Joint Commission survey and develop policies and procedures related to the environment, cleaning process, equipment, housekeeping, quality control of highlevel disinfection/sterilization based on recommended practices, and immediate – use steam sterilization.
CDC NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SAFETY NETWORK (NHSN):
CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network is the nation's most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections.
CDC/NHSN SURGICAL SITE INFECTION (SSI) SURVEILLANCE:
Presentation - Gloria C. Morrell, RN, MSN, CIC Nurse Consultant Department of Healthcare Quality Promotion ON Surgical Site Infection surveillance including defining burden of SSI, resources and methods for SSI surveillance. review requirements, protocol, key terms, and definitions of SSI along with reporting to CMS through NHSN and applying SSI definitions using interactive case studies.
SSI RISK REDUCED 30% WITH NOVEL PREOPERATIVE DECONTAMINATION:
This article is part of the supplement: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control: Abstracts from the 2nd International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC 2013) - Study cites that the combination of PDT (pre-operative decolonization therapy using intranasal antimicrobial photodisinfection therapy ) and CHG wipes immediately pre-operatively reduces SSIs and is cost effective.
SURGICAL SITE INFECTION INFORMATION:
Guidelines and tools for the healthcare community to help end surgical site infections and resources to help the public understand these infections.
“STUDY: SSIS REDUCED THROUGH STAPH PRESCREENING”:
Study results reveal that using a prescreening program for the identification and eradication of Staphylococcus aureus among patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery can help significantly reduce the likelihood of postoperative surgical site infections.
PRE-SCREENING FOR STAPH REDUCES ORTHO SSIS:
Screening and treating patients for Staphylococcus aureus before elective orthopedic surgery can reduce the risk of surgical site infection by nearly 60%, according to a recently published study.