After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:
Appreciate the ever present risk to patients in acquiring healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) and surgical site infections (SSI) in/around the operating room.;
Review the broad physiology of infection prevention and the importance of bundles strategies (vs single interventions) how to implement a bundle – what works and what does not work and why.;
Understand ways to mitigate the risk of HCAI/SSI by appreciating the roles of the anesthesiology environment, management of intravenous injections, hand hygiene measures, IV medication/catheter management/antibiotic management, OR attire and traffic;
Describe practical ways to measure success, and how to optimize the efficacy of the various improvement strategies;
List effective and measurable methods to address and overcome resistance to change among anesthesiologists and other team members around OR infection control.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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