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NCD Pacing Event: Preventing SSIs Related to Colon Surgery

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Thursday, March 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

This webinar for HIIN hospitals will feature Dr. Patch Dellinger (University of Washington [UW]), who will focus on reducing SSIs related to colon surgeries by discussing existing evidence and best practices related to learnings around prophylactic antibiotics, glucose management, and the impact of bowel preparation prior to surgery, as well as some insights around managing colon surgeries resulting from penetrating abdominal injuries. The session will also provide a detailed description of UW’s surgical infection prevention committee’s work to continuously monitor and address SSIs.

Summary from 3/21 Pacing Event: “Driving Improvements in Surgical Site Infections: Colon Surgeries”

With a focus on addressing challenges on reducing surgical site infections (SSI), this session presented considerations related to colon surgeries. Dr. E. Patchen Dellinger discussed existing evidence and best practices related to learnings around prophylactic antibiotics, glucose management, and the impact of bowel preparation prior to surgery. This included some insights around managing colon surgeries resulting from penetrating abdominal injuries. We were also joined by a hospital representative who shared details of their success in using a multidisciplinary committee to monitor its implementation of best practices and address identified gaps as part of its continuous efforts to prevent SSIs.

This guest presenters for this session included:

E. Patchen Dellinger, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, University of Washington (WSHA HIIN), who presented research and best practices, as well as shared comments and considerations around cases involving a penetrating abdominal trauma

Katale Salele, MPH, RN, Healthcare Epidemiologist, University of Washington Medical Center (WSHA HIIN), who discussed UWMC’s long-standing Surgical Infection Prevention Committee as a vehicle for examining and discussing emerging research and new guidelines, as well as for monitoring compliance with best practices, and identifying and addressing gaps.

The session was moderated by Kendall Hall, MD (NCD).

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