Reducing the Risk of Surgical Site Infections With the Surgical Care Improvement Project
by Instructor: Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC, NHDP - BC

$20.00

i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

An estimated 1 in 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 healthcare-associated infections, there are about 157,500 associated surgical site infections (SSI). 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 90 days if an implant is left in place. Patients with an SSI have longer hospital stays (seven to 11 days) and increased morbidity. Patients with SSI have seven to 11 times greater risk of death 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.

About the Course Author

Barbara BarzoloskiO'Connor is the infection control manager at Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md. She is responsible for administering, coordinating, and monitoring all infection control functions of the hospital and serves as an educator and consultant with regards to infection control matters. Barbara also serves on other committees and is a liaison between the hospital and public health officials, and is responsible for serving as staff support to the Orthopedic and Pediatric Clinical Department Review Committees. Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC, NHDP - BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (10 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.00HOURS

    Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-699051
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

    1.00HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Type Activity: Knowledge Target Audience Designation: P
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider # 50-290) This course awards 1.0 contact hours upon successful completion.
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details

  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-CE734
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2020-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-09-30
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe how perioperative caregivers can help prevent surgical site infections; Discuss the rationale for administering prophylactic antibiotics as close to the time of surgical incision as possible; List three physiological risk factors in patients associated with increased potential for surgical site infections
  • Outline:

    Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Content Page 1
    Introduction
    What is a Surgical Site Infection?
    Reduction of SSI
    Predicting the Risk for Surgical Site Infection
    Content Page 2
    Knowledge Versus Practice
    Surgical Care Improvement Project Core Measure Set
    Clinical Vignette
    Conclusion
    About The Authors
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Pharmacists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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