Reduction of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) with a Unique Multi-Faceted and Timed Approach

December 7, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

Webinar intro paragraph to promote the webinar. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (SCVMC) showed an 83% reduction in surgical site infections as part of a methodical, structured approach utilizing subject matter experts both in and outside of procedural areas. SCVMC made maximum use of patient stories, multidisciplinary engagement, data analysis, Lean Six Sigma tools, Just Culture, and industry best practices. It included the implementation of ERAS, a multimodal perioperative care pathway designed to achieve early recovery for patients undergoing major surgery for both COLO and GYN surgery and continues to expand to other service lines.    

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  • Timing of Key stakeholders to engage: implementation vs sustainment
  • Implementation and spread of ERAS principles
  • Leveraging software for real time vs retrospective review
  • Importance of navigating the NHSN manual from the non-Infection Preventions perspective
  • Importance of identifying trends

Wednesday, December 7, 2022: 11 a.m.-noon (PT)

Melinda Dunn, PT, MSPT
Senior Performance Improvement Specialist
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

Melinda started at the bedside in 2007 as a brand new physical therapist. In 2014, after being the recipient of a medication error during the birth of her son, she started to look outside of patient care into the patient safety realm and in 2016 she was promoted into the Senior Specialist role in Quality focusing on patient safety events, root cause analysis, physician peer review, and lastly process improvement work after obtaining her LSS Green Belt in 2017 and have remained in that role since then. In 2019 she was asked to implement ERAS protocols at Sharp Chula Vista for COLO and HYST and through this work she obtained her LSS Black Belt certification through UC San Diego. Today, she continue to focus on the expansion and spread of ERAS through different service lines system wide at Sharp HealthCare in addition to many other improvement projects across the entire continuum of care.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.