A Healthy Wound Is a Happy Wound

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns (San Diego, California)

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Project Topic

Preventing superficial surgical site infections in the postoperative cesarean section patient

CSI Participants

Lauren Korrub, RN, BSN
Cassandra Strasbaugh, RN, BSN(c), RNC‐MNN
Nieysha White, RN, BSN(c)

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To reduce the rate of superficial surgical site infections (SSIs) in cesarean section patients 50 percent
  2. To educate 100 percent of staff on new infection prevention recommendations via advanced clinician “tree” education, educational poster boards and unit champion designation
  3. To increase patient education about hand hygiene to greater than 95 percent as evidenced by RN documentation

Project Outcomes

  1. Reduced the rate of superficial SSIs in postoperative cesarean section patients 75 percent
  2. Educated 100 percent of staff on new infection prevention recommendations
  3. Increased patient hand hygiene education more than 95 percent per RN documentation
  4. These outcomes resulted in an estimated annual fiscal impact of $271,786.

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