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University of Cincinnati
New York University
Approved: December 2012
Grant Period: January 2013 – March 2015
Surgical site infections (SSIs) contribute to significant morbidity and at times mortality in patients. SSI reduction has been identified as a significant focus of quality improvement (QI) programs for several years.
We propose to provide real-time SSI data and integrate infection prevention experts into resident and medical staff education within the surgical departments. We believe these multidisciplinary teams, using this real-time data, can develop prevention strategies ultimately leading to reduction in SSI.
The proposed studies will have the following objectives and hypotheses to meet the overall objectives:
- To provide real time data and education on SSI prevention as they occur to surgical disciplines at the department level.
- Design quality improvement strategies tailored to reducing SSI at the patient care unit level by engaging the residents and attending surgeons through objective 1.
- Reduce SSI by 50% in a 2-year time frame by implementing objectives 1 and 2.