Prevention of Surgical Site Infections, 2nd Edition


About the Course: 
This course is intended for operative and acute care nurses who work with patients undergoing surgical procedures. In this course, we will discuss the importance of reducing surgical site infections (SSIs) and how this reduction will lead to better patient health outcomes by reducing morbidity and mortality, as well as decreasing national healthcare costs. Knowledge of SSI risk, identification of existing SSIs, and prevention strategies are critical to providing safe, evidence-based, and optimal patient care. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Differentiate SSI from other hospital-acquired infections. 
  • Examine the significance and incidence of SSI in the United States.
  • Compare classifications of wounds and SSIs.   
  • Identify risk factors for SSIs.
  • Examine the microbiology of SSI.  
  • Identify preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative strategies to reduce the risk of SSI.
  • Identify 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, CFCN received her master’s degree in Nursing with an education focus from Framingham State University and her Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Northeastern University, Boston.  She is Wound Care Certified, an Ostomy Management Specialist, a Certified Foot Care Nurse, and is a Certified Orthopaedic Nurse.   Ms. Hunt was formerly a Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Educator and is currently working as an Inpatient Wound and Ostomy Specialist and Wound Care Coordinator in Concord, NH.  Prior to this position, she worked in both inpatient post-surgical units and an outpatient Colorectal and General Surgery clinic, in Boston, MA and Manchester, NH respectively.  She is passionate about the reduction of preventable complications and providing the best care to surgical patients throughout every aspect of their perioperative period.  

How to receive credit:

  • Read the entire course online, which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
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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.  

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Accreditations and Approvals  
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. In addition to states that accept courses offered by ANCC Accredited Providers, Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an approved Provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama Board of Nursing, Provider #ABNP1418 (valid through February 5, 2025); Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP17480 (valid through January 31, 2024); California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (LVN Provider #V15058, PT Provider #V15020; valid through December 31, 2023); District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Kentucky Board of Nursing, Provider #7-0076 (valid through December 31, 2023; CE Broker Provider #50-4007); Michigan Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Mississippi Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; New Mexico Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; North Dakota Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; South Carolina Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; and West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses, Provider #50-4007. This CE program satisfies the Massachusetts States Board’s regulatory requirements as defined in 244 CMR5.00: Continuing Education.