The most recent OR Today webinar presented by Melanie Burton, BSN, RN, CNOR, MLSO, Independent Consultant/Nurse Educator shared a wealth of knowledge. In her presentation “Strategies For Reduction Of Surgical Site Infections,” she shared valuable insights regarding best practice in SSI prevention.

Among the topics discussed were:

  • How to identify intrinsic factors that contribute to SSIs
  • The significance of SSIs
  • How personnel factors contribute to SSIs
  • How environmental factors contribute to SSIs
  • The interventions that protect the integrity of the sterile field.
  • The criteria of a back table cover

The webinar set a new high for registration and attendance in 2018. Burton’s presentation drew 260 individual registrations and 162 people attended the live webinar. A recording of the webinar is also available online and continues to be viewed by health care professionals.

Webinar attendees shared their thoughts regarding the presentation in a post-webinar survey. Comments included high praise for the quality and relevance of information shared.

“Great webinar! The presenter was very knowledgeable about the challenges we face daily in the OR with real solutions to our concerns,” Director of Perioperative Services C. Tino said.

“I just started my new role as infection preventionist at my facility. This is my first webinar and I really appreciated all the relevant information,” wrote M. Gavilanez, OR Circulator & Infection Preventionist.

“I felt this was an excellent webinar because it directly relates to what we do at the VA, for the veterans themselves. Myself, I am a veteran and I am very proud to work in the operating room, and work with some very excellent RNs,” said M. Johnson, Certified Surgical Technician.

“This was an amazing webinar! It covered every aspect of preventing a SSI from pre-admission to discharge, which is what I try to do in my staff education. I really thought that including the prep solutions, irrigation and closure techniques was great, because I haven’t really ever thought about that,” Infection Preventionist S. White said.

“The OR Today’s Webinar series is extremely educational and current with what is happening in operating rooms today. I always walk away from these webinars having learned something new which is fantastic,” shared Clinical Nurse Educator J. Mattern.

“I love OR today webinars and was an OR nurse for 17 years. It makes me want to keep up with new updates and recommendations to reduce SSI,” Infection Control Specialist N. Brunelle said. “More importantly, as an infection control nurse, I am focused on high-level disinfectant as well as sterilization. Thank you so much for having me connected.”

“The speakers have excellent credentials and for the most part, they all keep to a tight time frame on the presentation. Keep it moving, relevant, and on point.  Melanie especially did a great job today with her bullet points. Not too lengthy, so as not to make the slides busy, but all in all just really well put together. Great information on sterile field procedures,” said M. Garrobo, self-employed contractor.

“Very good webinar, I am a numbers girl and seeing the facts and statistical data helps me connect the dots, especially if I learn about cost savings,” said A. Reents, Manager of Surgery.

“This was my first webinar from OR Today. It was very interesting and exactly what needed to be covered for infection control,” said M. Myers, Clinical Coordinator.

“This webinar was informative and interactive, combining evidenced-based practice solutions with a history of vast knowledge of the OR in relation to today’s SSI issues. Great information to bring back to my multidisciplinary team of providers,” said E. Lloyd, Patient Care Manager.

“OR Today’s webinar series is an excellent way to keep up with changing topics. And, to earn free CE! The listener participation portion is also great as it provides answers to questions you’ve thought of but never asked. It gives insights to all aspects of the topics,” said E. Anderson, RN.