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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A t Mercy Tiffin, a rural com- munity hospi- tal in Tiffin, Ohio, with a separate ASC attached, the key to driving down post- op surgical site infection rates was to use a compre- hensive approach. Joan Conine, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA, needed buy-in from everyone, and she got it — a remarkable top-to-bottom effort that earned the 2015 OR Excellence Award for Infection Prevention. "It wasn't just the OR, it wasn't just pre-op and it wasn't just central process- ing," says Ms. Conine, the hospital's manager of perioperative servic- es. "The entire staff took ownership: surgery techs, nurses, central processing, surgeons, environmental services, plant operations, infec- tion control, quality and risk. Everybody. That's how we were able to move forward so quickly." 8 9 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T O R E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S SSI Prevention A back-to-basics approach curbs the infection rate at Mercy Tiffin Hospital. Susan Predmore z NO RIGHT TO BARE ARMS As a result of the initiative, pre-op nurses always wear long sleeves and gloves while prepping patients.

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