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 / 301 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 approved for surgical techs from June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
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. OnCourse Learning 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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Marlene W - Houston, TX  ·  Sep 14, 2018
presented well, and had clarity was appropriate for the purpose and objectives
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Sarah A - Granite Falls, NC  ·  Sep 14, 2018
It was very informative.
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WADE H - BRANDON, FL  ·  Sep 11, 2018
excellent information
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Angela B - greenville, NC  ·  Aug 29, 2018
Reducing the risk of infection is very important information and this article has some very good points to share with my other team members
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Brian R - ft.collins, CO  ·  Aug 27, 2018
tyough course enjoyed it challenging
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Price: $7.00
CE-PRO Price: $3.50