In addition to recommending the implementation of perioperative evidence-based measures, current guidelines suggest the importance of systematic, defined processes 1, 2, 3 to support the integration of successful SSI prevention bundles at your hospital. The following elements highlight concepts to consider when taking action.
Mobilizing Your SSI Prevention Team
Your hospital’s success in SSI prevention may be largely dependent on the recruitment of a dedicated and committed SSI team. Members of your SSI team should be qualified and committed to spearheading your hospital’s SSI program. These team members should be responsible for communicating and implementing all SSI prevention practices and driving participation and compliance across all ranks and disciplines.
Attributes to consider as you mobilize your team:
- Multidisciplinary representation
- Executive leadership support
- Passion for SSI prevention
- Commitment to actively participate
- Strong communication skills
Learn from key thought leaders on how to develop and engage a team to drive an SSI prevention program by visiting our Symposiums page.
Assessing Your Baseline
By completing an assessment of your hospital’s current SSI prevention practices, you may be better prepared to address your hospital’s performance goals. Accurate baseline knowledge will support the development of an effective SSI prevention protocol that includes customized and evidence-based measures to target your hospital’s greatest needs.
Questions to consider:
- What are your current SSI rates?
- What are your current protocol measures?
- How do you track and monitor your outcomes?
- How invested is your team and hospital in implementing change?
For more information on measures to assess and evaluate your hospital’s SSI prevention protocol, visit our Resources page.
Investing in Education
Providing your physicians, staff and patients with meaningful education based on your hospital’s needs will help cultivate the adoption of clinically proven methods and influence positive change. Increasing awareness of best practices and empowering your staff with actionable knowledge will support and enhance your SSI prevention efforts.
Opportunities to provide for further education:
- National symposiums and congresses focused on SSI prevention best practices
- In-hospital workshops
- SSI awareness competency training
- Patient education classes
- Physician- and patient-engaging mobile applications
Expand your team’s knowledge on evidence-based practices, successful SSI programs, and other educational materials by referencing our Clinical Studies, Symposiums and Resources pages.
Implementing and Monitoring
After you have established your SSI prevention protocol and educated your staff on the importance and benefits of each measure, it is necessary to monitor and report your challenges and successes. Consistent surveillance will allow your SSI team to be aware of ongoing opportunities for education and improvement.
Strategies to consider for surveillance:
- Regular meetings with the SSI team
- Action plans for fallouts
- Dashboards to evaluate major trends
Through active surveillance, your SSI team will be better equipped to continue to improve your hospital’s SSI prevention practices and demonstrate improvement through measurable data. Learn more about tracking your SSI data and protocol compliance by visiting our Resources page.
- Anderson DJ, Podgorny K, Berríos-Torres SI, et al. Strategies to prevent surgical site infections in acute care hospitals: 2014 update. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2014;35(S2):S66-S88.
- Ban KA, Minei JP, Laronga C, et al. American College of Surgeons and Surgical Infection Society: Surgical site infection guidelines, 2016 update. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2017;224(1):59-74.
- Organization WH. Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection. World Health Organization; 2016.