Surgical site infections have many causes, and many staff members interact with each and every patient that goes through surgery. The challenge was ensuring each patient gets the same pre-operative education and that staff utilized the same best practices.
To tackle this challenge, ME&C utilized process improvement methodologies to identify and test evidence-based strategies shown to have an impact on reducing surgical site infections. The multidisciplinary team that worked on this project developed strategies to reduce infections including: -Pre-operative strategies including a process to ensure adequate cleansing of the patient prior to the procedure -Intra-operative tactics including the appropriate use of prophylactic antibiotics and adequate cleansing of the sterile surgical field -Post-operative plans engaging the patient and staff in ensuring adequate care of the surgical wound
Through implementation of teams’ recommendations, several positive results occurred: -Surgical infections were reduced by 5.8% -Improved financial performance with a decrease in length of stay -Improved performance in the NSQIP program to top ten percentile.