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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2017

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6 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 T he quest to do away with surgical site infections began in July 2014 when our hospital's COO put us on notice that the 9% infection rate in our heart and total joint patients was unacceptably high. Challenge accepted. We built a team comprised of representatives from all specialties, gathered in a confer- ence room and got to work. By October, we reduced the infection rate to 2.7%; we reached zero a month later. Our success built momentum, and we soon applied the enhanced infection prevention protocols to all procedures. Here's how we turned a problem into a point of pride. Inside Our Journey to Zero SSIs It took evidence-based practices and hard work to eliminate infections. On Point Diane Kimsey, MSN, MHA, RN, CNOR, CLO • SHORT CLIP Removing hair in the pre-op area was one of the key elements to the initiative's success. Diane Kimsey, MSN, MHA, RN, CNOR, CLO

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