By John Wallace

The recent OR Today webinar sponsored by Medline set new records with the most registrations and attendees since the series began in 2014! The August 15 webinar “Preventing Surgical Site Infections Through a Decolonization Bundle” was presented by Rosie D. Lyles, MD, MHA, MSc.

Lyles is the director of clinical affairs at Medline Industries. She serves as the medical/clinical expert and primary medical science liaison for numerous health care businesses; supporting all scientific research as well as clinical and product intervention design and development. With over a decade of experience investigating hospital associated infections (HAIs) with a particular focus on the epidemiology and prevention of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) such as C. difficile, MRSA and CRE infections in acute care hospitals and long-term acute care hospitals as a physician and clinical researcher at Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Lyles has directed numerous clinical studies and infection control bundled interventions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention Epicenter with numerous authored peer-reviewed journal articles related to infectious disease epidemiology.

During her OR Today webinar presentation, Lyles discussed the continuous battle of emerging pathogens. She addressed how to prevent the spread of Staphylococcus aureus (staph), the leading pathogen that causes healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in U.S. health care facilities? Staph is a common bacteria that can cause serious and costly infections, like surgical site infections, and patients are at higher risk for a staph infection when they have surgery. Current recommendations by health care organizations have led to a reduction in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in health care, but progress has slowed. In the webinar, Lyles explored the benefits of evidence-based decolonization bundles and their critical role in preventing staph infections for patients having surgery.

Lyles’ presentation received positive reviews in a post-webinar survey.

“Excellent review with current data and research supporting better preparation of patient prior to surgery,” said Surgery Quality Assurance Coordinator J. Jesse.

“It was very interesting to be able to compare what the webinar discussed versus what we are beginning at our own institution and the success of this implementation,” shared T. Shutt, a RN project coordinator.

“This was an excellent overview of literature to support our practice to reduce SSIs in our surgical patients. There were two elements of practice that we do not have in our SSI bundle that I will be sharing with our teams. One of the studies discussed the patient risk factors of being either a diabetic, smoker, obese, uses ETOH along with cases that are 140min in length or longer have an increased risk of infection if they possess three or more of these risk factors. The second strategy we need to implement is the CHG bath 2-5 days before surgery,” said S. Bressoud, RN.

“This webinar was fantastic! It was informative and the presenter was extremely knowledgeable,” said L. Swearengin, quality director.

“Truly enjoyed the webinar – evidence supporting the importance of skin cleansing and proactive measures to decrease SSIs was highly evidence-based from peer-reviewed studies. Speaker was knowledgeable and easy to understand. Always look forward to OR Today webinars,” Clinical Educator R. Scott said.

“This was an excellent presentation. Our facility is currently working on an orthopedic and colon surgical site prevention bundle and as an ICP this will assist me in making recommendations for decolonization. Thank you,” said S. LaPisto, RN ICP.

“This webinar is very timely as our facility is battling a few SSIs. We have just started nose to toes and it’s great to see some study data,” Infection Preventionist A. Guina said.

“The webinar offered by OR Today was seamless and user-friendly, from the registration, to the calendar appointment, to the log-on and viewing and audio quality of the presentation. The clinical update was helpful, and the offer of contact hours was definitely a plus. I hope to attend more webinars provided by OR Today in the near future,” said Regional Clinical Education Manager C. Dyer.

“This was a very timely and detailed presentation regarding SSIs and prevention strategies. It was an exceptional overview and offered the audience a great deal of evidence-based clinical information to assist with SSI prevention protocols and best practices. Thoroughly enjoyed the speaker, Dr. Rosie Lyles, and her knowledge of such a critical health care arena,” said N. Cracknell, medical science liaison.

“Today’s webinar was extremely informative. This webinar was very much relevant to infection prevention in cardiac patients (and, of course, others). It further cemented the rationales that keep my practice running in an effective manner and ensure that I can speak to patients on the reasons why we do some of the things we do. Thank you and I look forward to upcoming webinars,” said N. Kalleberg, nurse manager, cardiac OR.

“OR Today continues to set a terrific example by providing these educational sessions, thank you,” Senior Biomed M. Wujek said.

“This was my first time attending an OR today webinar and I found the information not only relevant, but critical in the prevention of SSIs. I am a nurse by training. I also currently practice as a pre-surgical nurse on a PRN basis in addition to my IP job. It will enhance my knowledge to educate my patients about the risks of SSI and what can be done to prevent it. I will be sure to refer to the evidence presented during the webinar when I am providing education to my patients to ensure their compliance is key in attaining a good surgical outcome,” Infection Preventionist D. Gelaw said.

“Awesome webinar! I loved the research study data showing efficacy, as well as framing past decolonization techniques with new current methods. Really great presenter, easy to understand, hear, perfect delivery pace,” Clinical Director Infection Control C. Anderegg said.

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