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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2017

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2 8 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E M A Y 2 0 1 7 S urgeons who pre- scribe to the C.Y.A. method of patient care are at least partially responsible for the spread of antimicro- bial-resistant strains of bacteria, says Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, president of Infection Control Consulting Services in Delray Beach, Fla. She's had sur- geons tell her, "I'd much rather give patients extra doses of post-op antibiotics than have them get a surgical site infection." In fact, that's what Ms. Segal's sur- geon admitted to her when complications from an unnecessary post-op dose of cefazolin contributed to the Clostridium difficile infection she suffered in 2013. Ms. Segal survived the potentially fatal bug, but your patients might not be so lucky. Efforts to prevent the spread of "superbugs" — the widely used catchphrase for antibiotic-resistant bacteria — begin in your facility with a rather simple premise: Create standardized infection control policies based on national guide- lines and best practices, develop a consistent approach to implementing them Kryptonite for Superbugs 3 surefire ways to strengthen your infection prevention protocols to neutralize antimicrobial- resistant bacteria. Daniel Cook Executive Editor • DOSE APPROPRIATE Join the fight against superbugs by implementing an antibiotic stew- ardship program in your facility. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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