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Pre- and Intra-Operative Interventions to Reduce SSIs: A Surgeon’s Perspective

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT.

As part of the Knock Out Infections—ASC Infection Prevention Initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in ASCs, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) invites you to attend this important webinar.

Webinar Objectives:
  • Learn best practices for pre- and intra-operative interventions to reduce SSIs and improve patient outcomes.
  • Describe evidence-based recommendations for pre-op bathing and skin prep, hair removal, normothermia, glycemic control, oxygenation, and antimicrobial prophylaxis.
Speaker: Howard Pitluk, MD, MPH, FACS, HSAG, Vice President for Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer

From 1979 through 1998, Howard Pitluk was engaged in the full-time practice of general and vascular surgery as well as consulting in critical care. His clinical practice included the entire spectrum of surgical disease ranging from disorders of the endocrine, gastro-intestinal, and vascular systems and their surgical correction. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Pitluk’ s professional commitment encompassed peer review, case review in quality of care issues, and being actively involved in the teaching of both medical students and surgical residents as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Case-Western Reserve University College of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2001, he completed his Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Arizona and joined HSAG, the designated Federal Quality Improvement Organization for the State of Arizona. His responsibilities include chart review, standard of care assessment of medical records, and quality improvement activities for hospitals, physician providers, and healthcare stakeholders at both the federal and state levels. He has authored over 2 dozen articles in peer reviewed medical publications and is an active speaker around the country on topics related to quality improvement and healthcare delivery. Dr. Pitluk holds board certification by the American Board of Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Continuing Education (CE): Health Services Advisory Group is the CE provider for this event. Provider approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16578, for 1 contact hour for each event. Pending approval. There is no charge to attend this event.