Reducing Postsurgical Wound Complications: A Critical Review

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Abstract

GENERAL PURPOSE:

To provide information on risk factors for surgical site infections (SSIs) and actions to mitigate that risk.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This continuing education activity is intended for surgeons, surgical teams, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES:

After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES:

1. Identify modifiable risk factors associated with the development of SSIs.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES:

2. Select steps to mitigate the risks for and morbidity from SSIs.

Given the current reimbursement structure, the avoidance of a surgical site infection (SSI) is crucial. Although many risk factors are associated with the formation of an SSI, a proactive and interprofessional approach can help modify some factors. Postoperative strategies also can be applied to help prevent an SSI. If an SSI becomes a chronic wound, there are recommended guidelines and strategies that can foster healing.

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