Nursing: Prevention of Surgical Site Infection
18.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course:
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are infections that develop when microbes get into the body at the site of a surgical procedure and are the most common nosocomial infections (Anderson & Sexton, 2019). They can be superficial or deep within an organ or space (Singhal, 2019). SSIs can lead to poor health outcomes, higher healthcare costs, longer postoperative stays, higher readmission rates (Singhal, 2019), and are associated with a mortality rate of 3% (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). This course provides operative and acute care nurse practioners working with patients undergoing surgical procedures with knowledge of SSI risk, identification of existing SSIs, and prevention strategies that are critical to providing safe, evidence-based, and optimal patient care. The course discusses the importance of reducing SSIs and how this reduction will lead to better patient health outcomes by reducing morbidity and mortality, as well as decreasing national healthcare costs. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Differentiate SSI from other nosocomial infections.
  • Examine the significance and incidence of SSI in the United States.
  • Compare classifications of wounds and SSIs.
  • Explain risk factors for SSI.
  • Describe the microbiology of SSI.
  • Compare pre- and post-surgical antimicrobial interventions and medications.
  • Summarize preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative strategies to reduce the risk of SSI.
  • Select nursing interventions to increase patient engagement in reducing SSIs.
  • Apply strategies to implement SSI prevention interventions in the healthcare setting.

About the Author:
Stephani Hunt, MSN, RN, WCC, OMS, ONC, received her master’s degree in nursing with an education focus from Framingham State University and her baccalaureate in nursing degree from Northeastern University, Boston. She is wound care certified, an ostomy management specialist, and is a certified orthopedic nurse. Ms. Hunt has worked as a medical-surgical clinical nurse educator, coordinating orientation for new staff, providing ongoing staff education, and responding to real-time staff educational needs. She is currently working as the inpatient wound and ostomy specialist in Manchester, New Hampshire.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions which are at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The correct answer is shown after you answer the question. If the incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided. These questions help to affirm what you have learned from the course.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will then be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Elite implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Elite not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

Disclaimer
The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition ©2020: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Elite Professional Education, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Elite Professional Education, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Elite Professional Education, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.

Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.

 
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Prevention of Surgical Site Infection - N35033

18.95
About the Course:
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are infections that develop when microbes get into the body at the site of a surgical procedure and are the most common nosocomial infections (Anderson & Sexton, 2019). They can be superficial or deep within an organ or space (Singhal, 2019). SSIs can lead to poor health outcomes, higher healthcare costs, longer postoperative stays, higher readmission rates (Singhal, 2019), and are associated with a mortality rate of 3% (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). This course provides operative and acute care nurse practioners working with patients undergoing surgical procedures with knowledge of SSI risk, identification of existing SSIs, and prevention strategies that are critical to providing safe, evidence-based, and optimal patient care. The course discusses the importance of reducing SSIs and how this reduction will lead to better patient health outcomes by reducing morbidity and mortality, as well as decreasing national healthcare costs. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Differentiate SSI from other nosocomial infections.
  • Examine the significance and incidence of SSI in the United States.
  • Compare classifications of wounds and SSIs.
  • Explain risk factors for SSI.
  • Describe the microbiology of SSI.
  • Compare pre- and post-surgical antimicrobial interventions and medications.
  • Summarize preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative strategies to reduce the risk of SSI.
  • Select nursing interventions to increase patient engagement in reducing SSIs.
  • Apply strategies to implement SSI prevention interventions in the healthcare setting.

About the Author:
Stephani Hunt, MSN, RN, WCC, OMS, ONC, received her master’s degree in nursing with an education focus from Framingham State University and her baccalaureate in nursing degree from Northeastern University, Boston. She is wound care certified, an ostomy management specialist, and is a certified orthopedic nurse. Ms. Hunt has worked as a medical-surgical clinical nurse educator, coordinating orientation for new staff, providing ongoing staff education, and responding to real-time staff educational needs. She is currently working as the inpatient wound and ostomy specialist in Manchester, New Hampshire.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions which are at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The correct answer is shown after you answer the question. If the incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided. These questions help to affirm what you have learned from the course.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will then be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Elite implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Elite not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

Disclaimer
The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition ©2020: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Elite Professional Education, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Elite Professional Education, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Elite Professional Education, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.

Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.