Infection prevention in the OR: A close examination of 3 interventions


Meet the Speaker:

Kim Delahanty, BSN, PHN, MBA/HCM, CIC, FAPIC

IP Competency:Novice, Proficient, Expert

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018



Although surgical-site infections (SSIs) are currently the most common and most costly healthcare-associated infection (HAI) up to 60% of SSIs have been estimated to be preventable by using evidence-based infection prevention practices.   Surgical site infections can manifest as a superficial infection involving only the skin or develop into a deeper infection and involve tissues under the skin, organs, or implanted material. The CDC and other organizations provide guidelines to prevent risks in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative periods.  The epidemiology of SSI and risk factors associated with their development are important in understanding the types of patients that develop SSI. Surgical site infections are identified using standardized definitions from the CDC and are a component of a facility's surveillance program. These infections are part of the reporting system to the National Health and Safety Network (NHSN) and most state Department of Health's mandatory reporting systems. It is important that the infection preventionist and OR staff understand the definition, surveillance methodology and reporting structure in their facility. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the clinical and economic impact of SSIs on patients and health care facilities
  • Provide an outline of the evidence-based methodology currently employed by the CDC and the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) for developing guidelines
  • Give a brief overview of infection prevention measures in the surgical suite: surgical attire, traffic control, instrument sterilization, disinfection of the environment, monitoring of the air-handling system
  • Understand the evidence related to and protocols for 4 process-improvement measures

About the Speaker:image
Kim Delahanty is Administrative Director Infection Prevention Clinical Epidemiology at UCSD Health System. Her expertise encompasses all facets of infection prevention and clinical epidemiology as well as tuberculosis control within healthcare settings. She serves as a government liaison as it relates to infection prevention and clinical epidemiology. Delahanty has held multiple speaking engagements including national and international invited and conference presentations on various topics in infection prevention and clinical epidemiology. She has conducted multiple media interviews on infection prevention and clinical epidemiology and serves on APIC's board of Directors. Delehanty served as chair of the California Department Public Health Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Working Group (CDPH HAI AWG) from 2005 to 2006. She is currently chair of the California Department Public Health Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee (CDPH HAI AC), where she has served since 2006.  

This program is made possible by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies.


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Recorded 01/18/2017
Recorded 01/18/2017
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1.00 CNE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CNE credit  |  Certificate available