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Goals and Learning Outcomes

All surgical procedures are associated with some level of risk to the patient. Some of these risks are not preventable while others are. Infection of the surgical site is a complication that can be prevented in most situations. As a surgical technologist, you have a responsibility for helping to ensure steps are taken to prevent the development of surgical site infections. The goal of this course is to educate surgical technologists on the prevention of surgical site infections.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • List three physiologic risk factors in patients associated with increased potential for SSIs
  • Discuss the rationale for administering prophylactic antibiotics as close to the time of surgical incision as possible
  • Describe how surgical technologists can help prevent SSIs
  • Discuss the types of surgical site infections.
  • Discuss the risk factors for surgical site infections.
  • Describe performance measures and strategies to prevent surgical site infections.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 05/01/19

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Accreditation Information

NURSES

In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.

 

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Disclosures

None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.