Reducing the Risk of Surgical Site Infections With the Surgical Care Improvement Project - CST734

Reducing the Risk of Surgical Site Infections With the Surgical Care Improvement Project

by Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD
(4.5 / 646 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Surgical Technology (1.50 CE Credit)

Price: $7.00
CE-PRO Price: $3.50


An estimated 1 of 25 patients has a hospital-acquired infection on any given day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC indicates that of 722,000 HAIs, there are about 157,500 associated surgical site infections. An SSI is an infection related to an operative procedure that occurs at or near the incision (incisional or organ/space) within 30 days — or within one year if an implant is left in place. Patients with an SSI have longer hospital stays (seven to 11 days) and higher morbidity. Patients with SSI have an increased risk of dying as a direct result of the SSI at a rate of 77%. SSIs also contribute significantly to U.S. healthcare expenses, costing an estimated $3.5 billion to $10 billion each year. This module provides perioperative team members with information about preventing SSIs.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide surgical technologists with information about preventing surgical site infections. After the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • List three physiologic risk factors in patients associated with increased potential for SSIs
  • Discuss the rationale for administering prophylactic antibiotics as close to the time of surgical incision as possible
  • Describe how surgical technologists can help prevent SSIs

Approval Information
This course is intended for surgical technologists
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.5 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are included in enduring materials.

Course Originally Released on: 4/16/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/6/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Sandra F - Los Angeles, CA  ·  Nov 11, 2019
great information will share with co workers to take this course
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Kristi H - Clinton, OH  ·  Nov 11, 2019
the course was fine; I however did not get a quiet environment to read
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Cheryl S - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Nov 09, 2019
extremely interesting facts
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Lawanda R - Augusta, GA  ·  Nov 04, 2019
4 YES Content made me aware of things that I thought I knew, very informative
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O P - Stow, OH  ·  Oct 26, 2019
very important, especially with the problems associated with infections
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Price: $7.00
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