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.