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Refresh yourself on surgical site infection prevention

With voluntary operations and procedures returning, huddle with your surgery and infection prevention teams to review your surgical site infection (SSI) prevention policies and best practices. More than a time to remove any rust, take this as an opportunity to tackle the second most common form of healthcare-acquired infections. Klaus Nether, executive director of high reliability product delivery at the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, says that stopping SSIs isn’t a matter of changing a single policy, but of digging into the data to find out your specific causes. “There is not one practice or policy that has been most effective in reducing SSIs because the contributing factors are many and differ by each organization,” he says. “It depends on the contributing factors that are identified and the specific solutions that are targeted to those contributing factors. The set of contributing factors [differs] by organizations, requiring a different set of solution strategies to reduce SSIs.”

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