Reducing The Risk Of Surgical Site Infection

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Reducing the risk of surgical site infection

Joy Ibeh

Walden University

NURS 4001, Section 7, Research & Scholarship for Evidence-base practice
September 7, 2014
Reducing the risk of surgical site infection
A surgical site infection is a preventable event and also a national concern. There are numerous publication on national awareness and guidelines for infection prevention in different surgical settings. The benefit of providing information and acquiring knowledgeis to prevent patient mortality rate by following the national clinical guideline. Therefore the purpose of this paper is to discuss information from the the clinical practice guideline for preventing and reducing the ...view middle of the document...

(IHI, 2014). Implementation of nursing professional practice mordule of care and infection control is significant to reducing the risk of SSI. Moreover nurses plays important roles to reduce the risk of infection. According to the nursing center journal that noted “the spread of infectious diease can be prevented by maintaining contact precaution for patients with an infection that is present or suspected. This includes, but is not limited to, good hand-washing practices, utilizing private patient rooms along with contact precautions, using personal equipment, and maintaining sterile and aseptic procedures.” (Smith, Dahlem, Bruemmer, Davis & Heishman, 2012). Furthermore, Administering appropriate prophylasis antibiotic to the patient before and after surgery as ordered by the physician, and mornitoring surgical site for sign and symptom of infestions are also equally important and nursing responsibility.
The BSN- prepared nurses acquired more higher education level than those of RNs with an associate degree or diploma According to American Association of of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) stated that “Research has shown that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels.”(AACN, 2013). The implications for BSN prepared and RNs prepared nurses helps in setting a higher standered of improving patient care in clinical setting. Nevertherless the same standered of care where thought and both the BSN and the RN plays the same roles in maintaining and implementing the quality patient care byreducing and preventing the risk of surgical site infections.

Impact on Patients and /or a Community
To determine the impact and effect of surgical site infection, motality risk, increase duration of hospital stay and readmission after discharge with high hospital cost was possible from the study presented according to the journal that concluded “ in elderly operative patients, SSI was associated with almost 4 times greater mortality, a mean attributable duration of hospitalization after surgery of 15.7 day(95% CL= 13.9-17.9) and mean attributable hospital charge of $43,970 (95% CL = $31, 881-56,060).” (Kaya, Anderson, Sloane, Chen, Choi, Link, Sexton &Schmader, 2009).
Having mentioned the out patient surgery center pose the same risk factor for SSI. The duration of recovery after out patient surgery is short. The study continue to show among patients in different states that undergoing ambulatory surgery, rates of postsurgical visits for SSIs were low relative to all causes; however, they may represent a substantial number of adverse outcomes in aggregate. therefore, these serious infections has an advantage in quality improvement efforts to minimize their...

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