The recent OR Today webinar “Strategies for Reduction of Surgical Site Infections” was a pre-recorded session offered to empower health care professionals in the fight against infections.

Presented by Melanie A. Burton, BSN, RN, CNOR, MLSO, attendees were eligible to receive one continuing education (CE) hour from the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

Burton, an independent consultant/nurse educator, shared knowledge on best practice in SSI prevention.

Attendees learned 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 and more.

Almost 300 people registered for the session, which is now available online, and provided positive feedback in a post-webinar survey.

“SSI reduction is always a hot topic. This webinar was a comprehensive review of SSI strategies for the perioperative patient,” said D. Kimsey, Educator.

“Great review which included updates from various sources and supporting AORN guidelines,” said P. Peaks, Associate Clinical Director.

“Great review of basic infection facts. I also was educated with new facts concerning infection that I was not aware of. I most certainly will bring these facts to work with me to improve patient outcomes,” shared D. Pullman, CRNFA.

“I gained great insight about additional strategies we can incorporate in our SSI bundle in our hospital during this webinar. We have struggles with hospitals, surgeons and anesthesiologist with glycemic control in our outpatient population to minimize postoperative complications and weight dose prophylactic antibiotics,” said W. Vargas, Nurse Manager.

“SSI is the number one complication for my clients. The information today was presented in an organized and logical progression. The content was current and useful facts for the ASC world,” shared M. McIntyre, Director of Nursing.

“I really liked the webinar. It was real data with real experience that created the absorption of information tolerable and fun,” said J. Smart, CSP Manager.

“Very informative, I especially liked the EBP comparing a non-covered table to one that had been covered. Totally changed my mind about sterile technique,” said one Executive Director of Quality & Outcomes.

“I find OR Today  webinars to be very helpful in the day-to-day workings of the OR. They have excellent speakers,” said D. Loseth, Surgical Services Director.

For more information about the OR Today webinar series, including a list of upcoming presentations, visit ORToday.com and click on the “Webinars” tab.