‘The Cutting Edge’: Using New Technology to Improve Surgical Outcomes

Toni Polk, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas, reviews rates of surgical site infections, the importance of preventing surgical site infections, and her experience trialing a novel product in a 45-minute educational webinar available here. In this blog, we’ll provide the highlights of her presentation. Infections Are…

ReliaTect® and Post-Op Risk Prevention

This 3-part series has reviewed the financial impact of SSIs  and emerging trends in SSI prevention. It is well accepted that hospital-acquired infection (HAI) after surgery or insertion of a device increases morbidity, mortality, and costs of care for patients and hospitals. Emerging trends in SSI prevention include antimicrobial dressings, with the purpose of protecting…

Procedure Kits: Where Common Sense Makes Financial Sense

PROCEDURES WHERE KITS HELP Vascular Access Devices PIV Starts CVC Insertion PICC Lines Epidurals Dressing Changes Surgical Procedures In our last blog, we reviewed how standardization of procedure kits can help your facility by increasing overall compliance to best practices. Yet another advantage of procedures kits is the financial benefit. A case in point is…

Procedure Kits Help Drive Compliance Best Practices

Most likely, your practice has standard operating procedures to ensure consistency and quality of care. In fact, an article in Modern Healthcare cited that 30% of inefficiencies in our healthcare system today are driven by a lack of standardization and a lack of care coordination.1 In the pursuit of creating “best practices” in your facility,…

SSI Guidelines – What’s New and What’s Not

In May of this year, the CDC published an update on Surgical Site Infections (SSI) Guidelines 1. This followed a 6-year partnership with the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), whose clinical experts provided feedback and input. Although it was the first update on these guidelines by the CDC in nearly 18 years, and greatly…

Antimicrobial Dressings: The Silver Mystique

As mentioned in our last posting, SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections in the US.1 If you happened to have missed it, read it here. Accordingly, efforts to reduce SSI rates have led to the development of post-op dressings with antimicrobial agents impregnated within the dressing. These dressing inhibit the…