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Unsung Heroes - November 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 1 S imple solutions are almost always best. No one will accuse your facility of providing groundbreaking surgical care if you make sure patients clean their skin before they arrive for surgery, your staff follow proper skin prepping and hand hygiene protocols, and nasal decolo- nization is part of your pre-op routine. Still, it's always a good idea to brush up on infection prevention's basic protocols and make sure they're being followed in your facility for a very practical reason: They work. 1. Skin prepping Instruct patients to use chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) wipes or bathing solution on the days leading up to surgery, and make sure they understand the solution and the importance of doing so, says Luci Perri, RN, BSN, MSN, CIC, FAPIC, founder and president of Adam Taylor | Senior Associate Editor 5 Steps to Fewer SSIs Don't ignore the bacteria-fighting benefits of a back-to-basics approach to infection control. • SKIN IN THE GAME Make sure your surgical, nursing and anesthesia teams are compliant with SSI prevention protocols. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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