Leadership and Professional Development
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine; Division of Infectious Disease; Medical Director of Occupational Health for Barnes Jewish and St. Louis Children's
Washington University School of Medicine; BJC Health Care
St. Louis, Missouri
Nothing to disclose
The human and financial costs of treating surgical site infections (SSIs) are increasing. The number of surgical procedures performed in the United States continues to rise, and surgical patients are initially seen with increasingly complex co-morbidities. It is estimated that approximately half of SSIs are deemed preventable using evidence-based strategies.There are specific requirements to minimize the spread of microorganisms and maintain sterility in the operating room (OR) environment. This presentation will review the challenges and issues as well as guidelines and standards affecting the OR setting.
Objective: To provide new and updated evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of SSI.