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Peer Sharing: Strategies for Reducing Surgical Site Infections (SSI) - Colon

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Meeting Description:

In Florida, SSI-Colon remains one of the most challenging outcomes to address in the hospital setting. Currently, as well as in recent months, it is the only harm that has increased for FHA MTC HIIN hospitals. SSIs in general are some of the most common HAI reported and can be disproportionately higher among patients that have had colon surgery. Patients who acquire SSI are known to have significant patient complications with adverse clinical outcomes. While advances have been made in infection control practices including improved operating room ventilation, sterilization methods, barriers, surgical technique and availability of antimicrobial prophylaxis, SSIs remain a substantial cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization and death.

Preventing SSI-Colon requires a multidisciplinary approach with patient and family engagement to successfully address the complexity of multiple variables specific to patients and patient populations, processes, organizational factors and surgical practice. Join this important event to learn from two hospitals in Florida, Mayo Clinic Hospital and Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, about how they have successfully implemented programs and improved processes that have had a significant impact on the outcomes for their patients undergoing colon procedures.


  • Understand how SSI-Colon was identified as a priority in each hospital
  • Learn how using a gap analysis can help to focus on specific process improvement efforts
  • Identify the opportunities for reducing the risk of SSI-Colon, and aligning implementation & monitoring of adherence to best practices
  • Discuss strategies on the selected approach to implementation of change in process and/or practice and how effectiveness was measured
  • Know what strategies can ensure sustainability for reducing SSI-Colon

Suggested audience includes: Infection preventionists, surgery directors, surgeons, nursing, quality, ambulatory surgery, risk managers and case managers.

Date: Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): FHA HIIN Webinar
 Presenter Information
Mission to Care FHA HIIN
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Florida Hospital Association
Hospital Improvement Innovation Network
407-841-6230 (phone) | 407-422-5948 (fax)

Mayo Clinic Hospital in Florida
A.C. Burke, MA, CIC, Infection Prevention
and Dorin T. Colibaseanu, MD

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center
Diane Campbell, MSN, RN, CSSBB, AVP of Regulatory and Medical Affairs, Infection Prevention
Michelle Hunt, BSMT, ASCP, CIC, Manager of Infection Prevention
and Dr. Daniel Haight, MD, VP of Community Health, Medical Director, Infection Prevention